2017-11-15 / Features

Simotas Honors Summer Readers


Assembly Member Aravella Simotas honored 50 local students with official NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit for successfully completing the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Seen here are Simotas and five of the students who came to Simotas’ office on October 30 to receive their Certificates in person. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas honored 50 local students with official NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit for successfully completing the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Seen here are Simotas and five of the students who came to Simotas’ office on October 30 to receive their Certificates in person. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas honored 50 local students with official NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit for successfully completing the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Each summer, Simotas presents this challenge for local students to read every day for at least 15 minutes a day, at least 40 days during the months of July and August, using age appropriate reading lists, including poetry, that she sends out to schools in Astoria.

Simotas’ reading challenge encourages students to delve into books and embrace reading outside of class. “Strong reading skills are the foundation of a good education, and I hope to inspire students to appreciate good books,” Simotas said. “I developed my love of reading in school with lots of encouragement from my parents, and I think the Summer Reading Challenge encourages the same excitement for these students,” Simotas said.

Five of the students came to Simotas’ office on October 30 to receive their Certificates in person from the Assembly Member. Over cookies, donuts and juice, the children talked with Simotas about their favorite books and classes at school, as well as their ambitions. “These bright young people are proof of the power of reading,” said Simotas. “Encouraging reading among Astoria’s young people is a great way to ensure that the next generation is prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

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