August 1, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Holyoke Public Schools summer readers get a chance to dunk Holyoke city leaders
HOLYOKE, Massachusetts – Diving into a good book this summer will not only help students strengthen literacy skills, but they have a chance to dunk Holyoke’s Mayor Alex Morse, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Zrike, City Council President Todd McGee, and School Committee member Dennis Birks. If Holyoke Public Schools students in total read at least 1.5 million minutes this summer as part of the District’s Summer Reading Challenge, these city leaders have agreed to be dunked by the children, families, and citizens of Holyoke to acknowledge this important milestone at Celebrate Holyoke 2018.
“I am looking forward to the Readers Dunk the Leaders event at Celebrate Holyoke which is geared towards motivating our students to spend time reading this summer or listening to a story read by a friend or family member,” stated Holyoke Public Schools Superintendent/Receiver Dr. Stephen Zrike. “Research shows that summer reading helps students strengthen their literacy skills, retain information, and reduce the loss of learning. Reading also keeps the brain active and the imagination alive.”
The Celebrate Holyoke festival will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 5-7, 2018, at Holyoke Heritage State Park in downtown Holyoke. The annual three-day family fun festival celebrates community, featuring music, delicious food, and local culture.
Visit the Holyoke Public Schools website for more information about the Summer Reading Challenge https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/summer-reading/.
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