November 1, Mayor Byron Brown led several students from the Buffalo Public School (BPS) in celebrating the Reading Rules ceremony at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center during which several student received the Reading Challenge Awards prizes for reading at least seven books last summer.
Launched 14 years ago with only 35 readers the first year, this time around the program has broken a record producing over 1,600 students who have read at least seven books throughout the Summer. “We are so proud of what you have dome this summer and I encourage you to continue to read, to work hard in school,” Mayor Brown advised students.
Aware of the issue of absenteeism among students in the BPS, Mayor Brown reminded students that “it is important to show up to school each and every day.” “It is hard to learn if you are not there, so it is important for students, our champion readers, to be in school each and every day,” Mayor Brown said.
Reacting to the program, a mother who has chosen to only release her daughter’s first name, Nicole, from School 6, said that it is a real success and it has considerably helped her child improve significantly her reading skills.
On his side, Diosbiahk, a refugee father from Soudan whose three children took part in the program said “that the program has been so helpful not only for improving his children’s reading skills but also for keeping them busy throughout the summer.”