W.Va. Students Urged to Participate in Teen Read Week

October 14, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent Jorea Marple is hoping West Virginia students will be among those participating in Teen Read Week Oct. 16-22.

“We do a good job of encouraging younger children to read but our older students have so many other options to fill their free time that can overshadow reading for pleasure,” said Marple, a former reading specialist. “Yet we know reading is the key building block to developing skills that lead to college and career success. That’s why it is important that we show them that reading is fun.”

Across the country, thousands of libraries, schools and bookstore are celebrating Teen Read Week with special programs that encourage teens to read a variety of materials, including graphic novels, movies, books about photography, and more.

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year’s theme is Picture It @ your library. The association offers these ideas to celebrate Teen Read Week:

·         Visit the school or public library to attend a program or to check out books.

·         Set aside time each night for the family to read.

·         Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.

·         Share your favorite book with your teen.

·         Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

·         Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

·         Other ideas are posted  at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2011/home.cfm

Teen Read Week, held annually during the third week of October, is but one of the many opportunities West Virginia schools can participate in as the West Virginia Department of Education works to make reading a priority through www.readwv.com. The ReadWV campaign is designed to encourage children and the adults in their lives to make reading a priority early in life and to ensure that children read every day.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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