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Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:38

Representative Lauwers sponsoring second-annual summer reading contest for local students

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township has announced that he is sponsoring his 2nd-annual Summer Reading Contest for local elementary school students to help them retain and improve their reading skills during the next few months.

Elementary school students in the 81st House District are eligible, and are encouraged to read early and often. Students or parents can submit the titles of completed books and the pages read by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put "Summer Reading Contest" in the subject line, along with the student's name, elementary school, school district and grade they'll be attending in the fall.

“We had a great response last summer from local students so we wanted to sponsor the contest again this year to help young people stay sharp during the break,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.  “Reading is a fun and effective way to better prepare for the next school year in the fall.  I encourage local kids to enter the contest and start reading.”

Each submission is another entry in the contest, and one student from each local school district with the highest number of total pages read will be given a pizza party in their new class in the fall, courtesy of Rep. Lauwers.

The number of books read by young people during the summer is consistently related to academic gains, according to several studies.  Children who read six or more books over the summer also gained more in reading achievement.

Contest winners will be determined in early September.

For more information about the contest, residents can call Lauwers toll free at (877) DAN-8181, or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.