Children, parents, and teachers in Kentucky to participate in Scholastic Read for 2005 Worldwide Read-A-Thon
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher has signed on to be an Ambassador of Reading for Kentucky, as part of the sixth annual Scholastic Read for 2005 global classroom reading initiative. On Friday, December 3, 2004, Scholastic Read for 2005 Day, First Lady Glenna Fletcher will lead a statewide celebration of reading, encouraging all children, teachers and parents to take time during the day to read for at least 2,005 seconds (approximately 33 1/3 minutes). Mrs. Fletcher will show her commitment to reading by celebrating with children and donating 250 books from Scholastic Book Clubs to Robert B. Turner Elementary School in Lawrenceburg, KY. Read for 2005 was created by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and media company, to generate excitement about reading in schools and homes around the world.
“Literacy has always been an issue that I hold near and dear to my heart, which is why I am so proud to be an Ambassador of Reading for the Scholastic Read for 2005 reading campaign,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. “Ensuring literacy among our children will open a better and brighter path for their future and for the future of Kentucky.”
Joining Mrs. Fletcher in the Scholastic Read for 2005 reading celebration are Gubernatorial First Spouses in states across the country. Last year, 40 First Spouses participated in Scholastic Read for 2004 and led their states in exciting reading events in schools, libraries, and at state capitols. Scholastic Read for 2004 proved to be a huge success, with more than 24,000 classrooms and 1 million students in over 37 countries worldwide participating.
“Scholastic Read for 2005 encourages classrooms and communities to join together and share the magic, excitement and fun that reading offers,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President, and CEO Scholastic. “We are grateful for the participation of the Gubernatorial First Spouses who will help spread the message of the importance of reading to children in their states. With First Lady Glenna Fletcher’s support, December 3rd will be a wonderful celebration of reading in Kentucky and around the world.”
Since its inception in 1999, the “Scholastic Read For…” initiative has grown to unite millions of children, parents and teachers in each of the 50 U.S. states and throughout 37 countries worldwide, connecting children across cultures and continents from Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka. Classrooms around the globe will be connected online through the Scholastic Read for 2005 world map, www.scholastic.com/ReadFor2005, which highlights all participating classrooms.
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and American Airlines will support Scholastic Read for 2005 by raising awareness of the global read-a-thon and spreading the message of the importance of reading through their various channels. In addition to the U.S. Gubernatorial Spouses, American Airlines’ pilots will visit classrooms across the country to read to children on December 3, 2004.
For more information about Scholastic Read for 2005, and to view the world map of participating countries, book lists for children, reading tips for parents and a list of all the Ambassadors of Reading, visit www.scholastic.com/readfor2005.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the worlds’ largest publisher and distributor of childrens books. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, videos and toys. Scholastic distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs, retails stores, schools, libraries, and television networks. The Company’s Internet Site is www.scholastic.com.