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Governor Brownback announces Read Kansas Read Top Readers

News release issued by Kansas Governor's office:

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Thursday the top readers of the Read Kansas Read summer reading program.  He and First Lady Mary Brownback will host the students and their families for a picnic and celebration catered by Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at Cedar Crest this Saturday, August 18th.

Read Kansas Read is a summer reading program launched last May by Governor Brownback, the Kansas State Board of Education and the State Library of Kansas.  Students across Kansas spent the summer recording the books they read on their reading logs.  On August 1st, more than 400 readers turned in their reading logs that listed more than 10,000 books read during the two month period.  Two K-12 students from each of the ten State Board of Education districts who read the most number of books were invited to join the Governor and First Lady for the picnic. 

"What a great summer of reading we had in Kansas.  Thanks to all of the students, parents and librarians across the state for taking part in our first summer reading program," Governor Brownback said.  "Read Kansas Read was designed to be a fun way to help children bridge the gap between classroom learning in the spring and the fall.  First Lady Brownback and I hope that it helped instill a life-long love for reading and got the students ready for school this fall."

The Read Kansas Read top K-12 readers are:

  • Taylor Beckley, Weir
  • Lydia Dawn Roelker, Osage City
  • Paige Albert, Wichita
  • Abbie Shurts, Wichita
  • Blake Disberger, Manhattan
  • Madison Seyb, Johnson
  • Tatiana Javier, Kansas City
  • Emily Kresin, Shawnee
  • Brianna Ward, Osage City
  • Alice Griffith, Chanute
  • Emily Flaming, Hillsboro
  • Abigail Schlodder, Holton
  • Jamie Reavis, Osawatomie
  • Darick Charles, Kansas City
  • Savindu Buluwana, Overland Park
  • Angela Davis, Wichita
  • Lacie Bratton, Wichita
  • Brooke Nafziger, Canton
  • Rylee Fann, Hugoton
  • Taylor Snodgrass, LaCygne

In addition to celebrating the kids' summer reading success, the Governor and First Lady also will present a check to a winning Kansas library.  In June, First Lady Brownback announced the Kansas Book Festival will present a $500 grant to one library that participated in the Read Kansas Read program.

Read Kansas Read sponsors include Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Kansas Association of Broadcasters, Kansas Governor's Office, Kansas Board of Regents,  Kansas Book Festival, Kansas State Library, Kansas State Department of Education, State Library of Kansas, Kansas State University, MetaMetrics, Inc., Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.

For more information on the Read Kansas Read program, visit www.ReadKansasRead.ks.gov.

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