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March 27, 2013 

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053; 

                             Goodyear Students Gear Up for Reading Challenge

Students in Goodyear are getting ready to crack the books. On Monday April 1, The City of Goodyear is turning a new page by kicking off its month-long Inaugural Reading Challenge for students in grades 3 through 8.

Supported by the Goodyear Police and Fire departments and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reading Challenge is the first education-related initiative sponsored by the City of Goodyear since becoming a partner in Arizona Literacy Advisory Board’s Read On Arizona program in February.

The genesis of this Reading Challenge came out of Goodyear Vice-Mayor Joanne Osborne’s “Building Blocks to Great Schools” partnership that was formed in 2008 to bring city officials and school administrators together to develop policies and practices that enhance the quality of education for Goodyear students. "When City officials and school administrators collaborate on our students’ behalf, it undoubtedly benefits them,” Osborne said. “By instilling a love for reading in our students and helping them improve their literacy levels, we better prepare our children for the future.”

At the Building Blocks to Great Schools Summit in September, school administrators expressed their desire to work with the city to create an initiative that would encourage students to increase their reading levels. With that goal in mind, over the past months, city officials and school administrators in the Liberty, Litchfield and Avondale Elementary School Districts have collaborated to develop a reading program that will encourage students to improve their literacy levels in a fun and competitive team environment.

The Reading Challenge will consist of students reading books from a suggested list comprised of renowned children’s authors. At the end of the month, there will be a winner in each grade resulting from the most pages read. Prizes for the winners range from an ice cream social to tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.

Overall, 12 Goodyear schools will be participating in the Reading Challenge: Centerra Mirage Elementary, Copper Trails Elementary, Desert Star Elementary, Desert Thunder Elementary, Estrella Mountain Elementary, Mable Padgett Elementary, the Odyssey Preparatory Academy, Palm Valley Elementary, West Valley Christian School, Westar Elementary, Wildflower Elementary and Western Sky Middle School. For grades 3-5 the winning the classroom will have an ice cream party hosted by the City of Goodyear Council along with Police & Fire Departments while the middle school winning class will win tickets to Diamondbacks vs. World Champion San Francisco Giants 

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