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Jun 11

Trail Blazers, Oregon Superintendent, Multnomah County Library Host "Summer Reading Tip-Off"

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The Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo and Multnomah County Library tipped-off a statewide youth literacy initiative with a press conference and reading event at Midland Library on Monday.

Superintendent Castillo encouraged students of all ages to participate in summer reading programs through their local libraries. In addition, she explained how Oregon students must prepare for a new reading requirement to receive their high school diploma beginning this year.

"We are raising the bar for our students with tougher graduation requirements, and knowing how to read is key to a child's future success," said Superintendent Castillo. "Summer reading programs help kids of all ages improve their reading skills while exposing them to endless options of reading materials."

The Summer Reading Program is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. Director of Libraries, Vailey Oehlke , announced Multnomah County Library's goal to enroll 100,000 local youth in the program this summer. She also introduced eighth grader Maya Fine, a Summer Reading Program participant, who gave a personal testament to the positive impact of the reading program.

"For the 100th anniversary of our Summer Reading program, we are looking forward to 100,000 kids signed up and reading to keep their skills sharp over the summer and ready for school next year," said Oehlke. "We are very thankful for the assist from the Blazers for their 10 years of enthusiastic support for the program, and their commitment to literacy and reading in our community."

For each student that signs up for the Summer Reading Program, the Trail Blazers will provide a free ticket voucher to a game during the 2012-13 season, a program the team has had in place for the past decade.

In addition, the first 3,000 children to sign up for a library card this summer will receive a free ticket voucher to a Trail Blazers preseason game.

"As an organization, the Trail Blazers support this community's youth literacy development," said Miller. "Our involvement with the Summer Reading Program complements our partnership with the Kia Motors Read to Achieve program, as well as our support of Albina Head Start. We believe today's event advocating early literacy will encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer."

Check out a photo gallery of reading fun here.

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