LOCAL PENSACOLA YOUTH NAMED A FINALIST IN NATIONWIDE READING CONTEST
10/07/2014 03:54PM ● Published by Nancy Babin
Pensacola, FL – (October 7, 2014) – A local sixth grade Pensacola youth who attends the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast was named a finalist in Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s nationwide reading contest, “Make Good Reads Happen.” Skylar F., age 11, was named a finalist this week for bringingA Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon to life using her imagination and creativity.
“We were very excited to have been chosen to participate in this summer’s Brain Gain pilot program to prevent summer learning loss. Skylar enjoyed participating and learned that you can never judge a book by its cover alone. As an organization, we are proud of her accomplishments and creativity of her video submission.” said Shervin Rassa, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.
Finalist voting is open now. The public will determine the contest winner by visiting www.bgca.org/MakeGoodReadsHappen and selecting from six finalists. Skylar’s submission can be found under the “VOTE Grades 6-12” category. The name of her video is “Make Mysteries Stuff Happen.” Voting will remain open until 3 p.m. ET on Friday, October 24, 2014. The public can vote one time per hour during the open voting period. Each week, someone who voted will be randomly selected to win an eReader provided by Staples for themselves and for a Club of their choice. Two winning Club members (one per age group) will receive an eReader, “Staples Swag Bag” and a Staples gift card, and their Club will receive a reading celebration event.
The “Make Good Reads Happen” contest, supported by BGCA and Staples, is an extension of Summer Brain Gain: READ!, a literacy program created to help prevent summer learning loss at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. Launched in the summer of 2014, Summer Brain Gain: READ! is a 12-week summer reading program designed to improve and reinforce literacy skills for America’s youth. Boys & Girls Club youth are presented with age-specific books each week, along with supporting activities. In addition to two 30-minute reading sessions each week, members complete fun activities that bring the book to life.
Each summer, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind before the next school year begins. The Summer Brain Gain: 6 READ! program not only helps prepare children for their upcoming school year, but they also learn to value and appreciate reading.
“As a long-time partner with BGCA, Staples is proud to support the Summer Brain Gain: READ! program and the ‘Make Good Reads Happen’ contest to get youth excited about reading,” Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc.
The “Make Good Reads Happen” contest entry period was open to Boys & Girls Club members who participated in the Summer Brain Gain: READ! program. Club members in elementary school (first to fifth grade) had the option to dress up as their favorite character from their selected Summer Brain Gain: READ! book or design a movie poster to promote the premiere of their book. Middle and high school members (sixth to 12th grade) could host a talk show, creating a list of thought-provoking questions to ask the subjects of the book, or rewrite the ending to their favorite book.
For more information about Summer Brain Gain: READ!, please visit www.bgca.org/braingain.