Elementary Schools in Sheridan County Receive Book Donations From First Lady Mead

Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead (Courtesy Photo)
Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead (Courtesy Photo)

Several elementary schools in Sheridan County have received book donations to help promote reading during the summer. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the story.

First Lady Carol Mead and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have donated 500 books to elementary schools in Wyoming through the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, the First Lady has participated as a Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador” for the past five years. This year books were given to Tongue River Elementary School in Ranchester, Sagebrush, Coffeen and Woodland Park elementary schools in Sheridan, and Kemmerer Elementary School to encourage children to read over the summer.

Mead said that reading with a child for just 20 minutes each day promotes social and emotional well-being, and keeps their skills sharp over the summer months. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that motivates children to read throughout the summer by logging their minutes in an attempt to set a new summer reading world record. Last year, students in Wyoming were instrumental in setting the worldwide summer reading world record of over 304 million minutes.

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