Give the Gift of Reading, Says Kentucky's First Lady

During a visit to the Family Scholar House, First Lady Jane Beshear announced Tuesday that Scholastic has donated 500 books to Kentucky children as part of its “Give the Gift of Reading This Holiday Season” campaign.

The holiday book donations have been divided among three Kentucky locations: the Family Scholar House in Louisville, the Simon House in Frankfort and Flaherty Elementary in Ekron.

“The gift of reading lasts long beyond the final pages of a good book; it gives our children the foundation they need to learn and succeed as they grow up,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Children from all walks of life deserve access to quality books and the encouragement to keep reading. Thank you to Scholastic for their generous holiday book donation and their continued efforts to increase youth readership.”

As a part of her comprehensive literacy efforts, Mrs. Beshear has served as a Scholastic Reading Ambassador for the past four years. The Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program invites U.S. Governors’ spouses to emphasize the importance of literacy for all children in their respective states. As a part of the program, Scholastic donates 500 books every summer to each participating state to help promote summer reading.

Earlier this year, Scholastic also donated 1,000 books as part of the Governor’s Tornado Relief Book Drive to support Kentucky schools damaged by the severe tornadoes.

For more information on the Reading Ambassadors program, please visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/readingambassadors.

Also, be on the lookout for First Lady Jane Beshear’s upcoming 2012 Winter Reading list. Since 2009, Mrs. Beshear has released a number of Reading Recommendation lists for children of all ages to help promote youth readership across Kentucky.

Visit http://firstlady.ky.gov/Pages/readlinglists.aspx for a list of Mrs. Beshear’s past recommendations.

SOURCE: press release

PHOTO: Jane Beshear, via First Lady's Facebook page