SUMMER LITERACY ADVENTURE CONTINUES AT YBOR CITY MUSEUM STATE PARK

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26,, 2013

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SUMMER LITERACY ADVENTURE CONTINUES AT YBOR CITY MUSEUM STATE PARK

~ First Lady reads to students to promote literacy ~

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First Lady attends a Summer Literacy Adventure Event at Ybor City Museum State Park.

TALLAHASSEE – Florida First Lady Ann Scott continued the 2013 Summer Literacy Adventure today by reading to students attending a local YMCA camp at the Ybor City Museum State Park.

Mrs. Scott encouraged students to keep reading during the summer months and was joined by representatives from the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

"I want to challenge all of Florida's students to join me in taking the Summer Literacy Adventure Pledge," said Mrs. Scott. "Florida's state parks have the perfect atmosphere for students and their families to discover nature and have fun together while reading as many books as possible."

The 2013 Summer Literacy Adventure is geared toward helping children stay motivated and excited about reading and literacy. Studies show students who read throughout the summer months are better able to retain what they learned during the school year.

Students can fill out their Summer Literacy Adventure pledge form on the Just Read, Florida! website. At the end of the summer, the school with the most pledges will receive admission passes for each student to any state park, good for up to eight people. The school will also receive a special visit from Mrs. Scott in the fall.

"Literacy is very important at all ages," said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. "We are very proud to work with First Lady Ann Scott to help children be excited about reading and staying active through the summer."

Students who take the reading pledge may utilize a free online tool to search for books based on their reading ability and interests. MetaMetrics offers a unique resource called "Find a Book, Florida" that uses Lexile measures, a widely adopted reading metric, that can guide a reader to the appropriate books.

For more information, visit 2013 Summer Literacy Adventure.

The Florida Department of Education's Just Read, Florida! office offers a 2013 Summer Reading List and tips for parents to keep their children learning. To learn about these resources and more, visit Just Read, Florida!.