May 21, 2013 6:44 PM by Lindsey Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HELENA - In an effort to encourage students to read across the state of Montana, Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Montana's First Lady Lisa Bullock stopped by to read to classes at Lincoln-Central school.
The Summer Six Reading Challenge encourages kids to read six books over the summer.
Participants can sign up online for the challenge and will be eligible to win prizes.
Juneau and Bullock read their favorite books to students to help give them a head start.
"The research shows that if kids read at least six books during the summer months they'll be prepared to jump right back into school in the fall and so it's important to push this idea out across the state, that books are in students hands, that they are going to their public libraries, that they're going to summer reading programs that are happening all across the state," said Juneau.
Juneau brought along with her books to hand out to each student and they will be giving them out to students across the state.
This is the second year the OPI has initiated the Summer Six Reading Challenge. This year's goal is to have 2,000 students taking on the task.
To sign up for the challenge, click here.