Mayor's summer reading challenge kicks off - Tucson News Now

Mayor's summer reading challenge kicks off

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge kicks off on Tuesday morning at Mayor Rothschild's office.  

Children from birth to 12th grade are eligible.   To participate Pre-K - Parents are asked to read five books to their child and write a summary of the experience, while K - 12 are encouraged to read five books and submit a brief summary of the book.  These summaries are then entered into a drawing.  Participants could win one of several prizes including a Kindle or a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, or an Eegee's drink coupons or a free pass to the Reid Park Zoo.  

The contest runs from July 1 to September 5. To register go online to

"Getting to read whatever you want, just for fun, is one of the perks of summer," said Mayor Rothschild in a recent release. "It's important for parents to encourage children to read, especially over the summer, because that's when students tend to lose reading gains from the previous school year."

Summaries can be submitted online at  or by mail to the following address - Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge P.O. Box 27210 Tucson, AZ 85726.

Children must be present for the drawing and to receive their Certificates of Achievement.  The drawing is scheduled for September 19 at 6 p.m.  The location has yet to be determined.

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