ADVISORY: KDE to announce summer reading initiative

Kentucky Department of Education

Media Advisory

Media Contact: Jessica Fletcher

Chief Communications Officer

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4611
Cell: (502) 229-1915

Advisory 19-84


June 3, 2019

KDE to announce summer reading initiative

WHAT: News conference announcing summer reading initiative

WHERE: Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY, 5th floor, room 514

WHO: KDE Commissioner Wayne Lewis, KDE Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ellis

WHEN: 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 5

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education will host a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 5, to announce the launch of a summer reading initiative as part of the national READ Up: Stop the Summer Slide℠ program.

READ Up, an initiative of the Children's Reading Foundation, aims to reverse the summer slide, an occurrence where school-age children can lose up to three months of reading skills during the summer break. The summer slide begins the first week students are out of school.

Commissioner Wayne Lewis, Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ellis and others will speak during the event. 

The news conference will be held in room 514 of the Kentucky Department of Education's headquarters, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort. The event will be livestreamed on KDE's media portal,