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Lobo Basketball Teams Up With Governor On New Reading Initiative
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/22/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 22, 2013

From the Office of Governor Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the launch of four summer reading challenges for New Mexico children.  The programs are sponsored by a variety of statewide community partners and offer an array of exciting prizes for participating students and winners. 

The summer reading challenges are designed to stop the "summer slide," where students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency during the summer months and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August. 

"Learning to read well at an early age is critical to academic success and, ultimately, to success in the workplace and in life," said Governor Martinez. "I am incredibly excited by the tremendous community involvement and partnerships that we have developed in creating and launching these reading challenges, and I'm hopeful New Mexico students will read throughout the summer and take advantage of the neat prizes and adventures we have in store for them."

Three of the reading challenges are brand new, and the fourth is an existing summer reading program which the State is joining as a partner.  Under each program, students who read six books will receive a few small prizes, and those who choose to read an additional six books (and in some cases, submit a short write-up) will receive further awards and be eligible to win a grand prize. 

Details about each reading challenge are outlined below, and more information, including downloadable versions of each contest's reading log, can be found online at www.ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us.  

The four summer reading challenges are:

New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge

  • Eligibility: Runs May 22 through August 1, open to incoming 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders
  • Sponsored by: Comcast Internet Essentials; State of New Mexico - Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Public Education Departments, NM Film Office; Village of Ruidoso; Town of Red River; City of Socorro; and X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures
  • Reading Roadrunner Prizes (6 books): Certificate from Governor Martinez and a New Mexico True bookmark
  • NM True Reader Prizes (additional 6 books plus short write-up on why the reader loves NM): Free culture pass to all of NM's museums and monuments, in addition to Reading Roadrunner prizes, and entry into the drawing for one of the grand prizes
  • Grand Prizes (winners selected at random):
    • Hot air balloon ride with Governor Martinez and family four-pack of admission tickets to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (2 readers)
    • NM True all-inclusive family vacation to Ruidoso (1 reader)
    • NM True all-inclusive family vacation to Red River (1 reader)
    • Real-life fossil digging adventure and star gazing trip to Socorro (2 readers)
    • Tour of a movie/TV set in New Mexico and behind-the-scenes tour (plus four-pack of admission tickets) to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History (2 readers)
  • Community Reading Competitions: For the "New Mexico True" reading challenge only, the mid-size city and small town that has the highest level of student participation in the reading competition will receive a free community-wide reading celebration, hosted by the Governor and sponsored by Comcast. 
  • Students can pick up the "New Mexico True" brochure and reading log at any of the State's 8 museums and 8 historical monuments, as well as at public libraries throughout New Mexico.  It can also be downloaded and printed at www.ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us

I'm a Reading Animal Summer Challenge

  • Eligibility: Runs May 22 through August 1, open to incoming 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders
  • Sponsored by: State of New Mexico; City of Albuquerque, ABQ BioPark and New Mexico BioPark Society; Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce; and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
  • Reading Bug Prizes (6 books): Certificate from Governor Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry, and a coupon for free animal crackers at the zoo
  • Reading Animal Prizes (additional 6 books plus short write-up on the reader's favorite book): Free admission ticket to the ABQ BioPark, in addition to the Reading Bug prizes, and entry into the drawing for the Zookeeper Awards and the Grand Prize
  • Zookeeper Awards (winners selected at random): Be a Junior Zookeeper for a day at the ABQ BioPark (4 readers)
  • Grand Prize (winner selected at random): An all-expenses-paid family trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, provided by the Greater ABQ Chamber of Commerce and the ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1 reader)
  • Students can pick up the "I'm a Reading Animal" brochure and reading log at the ABQ BioPark or the New Mexico BioPark Society office.  It can also be downloaded and printed at www.ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us

Nothing but Net Lobo/Aggie Summer Reading Shootout

  • Eligibility: Runs May 22 through August 1, open to incoming 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.  Students choose whether to compete for the Lobo or Aggie prizes based upon which school's reading log they submit
  • Sponsored by: State of New Mexico; University of New Mexico Athletic Department; and New Mexico State University Athletic Department
  • "Lay Up" Prizes (6 books): Certificate from Governor Martinez and the head basketball coach from either the Lobos or the Aggies, and a free Lobo or Aggie sports poster
  • "Slam Dunk" Prizes (additional 6 books plus short write-up on the reader's favorite book): Free New Mexico True Lobo or Aggie basketball, in addition to the "Lay Up" prizes, and entry into the drawing for the Grand Prize
  • Grand Prize (winners selected at random):
    • Meet Lobo men's head basketball coach Craig Neal, free tickets to a Lobo men's game, take part in a center-court ceremony at The Pit, and an autographed Lobo men's basketball (3 readers)
    • Meet Lobo women's head basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez, free tickets to a Lobo women's game, take part in a center-court ceremony at The Pit, and an autographed Lobo women's basketball (3 readers)
    • Meet Aggie men's head basketball coach Marvin Menzies, free tickets to an Aggie men's game, take part in a center-court ceremony at The Pan Am Center, and an autographed Aggie men's basketball (3 readers)
    • Meet Aggie women's head basketball coach Mark Trakh, free tickets to an Aggie women's game, take part in a center-court ceremony at The Pan Am Center, and an autographed Aggie women's basketball (3 readers)
  • Students can pick up the "Nothing but Net" brochure and reading log at any of the various basketball camps run by the Lobos or Aggies throughout the summer, or at each school's merchandise store and ticket office.  It can also be downloaded and printed at www.ReadingChallenge.ped.state.nm.us

Club Read

  • Eligibility: Runs March 13 through July 17, open to incoming pre-schoolers through fifth graders
  • Sponsored by: Dion's and the Albuquerque Isotopes; promoted by the State of New Mexico
  • 1st Home Run Prizes (6 books): A backpack and second scorecard
  • 2nd Home Run Prizes (additional 6 books): Club Read t-shirt, a new book, a ticket to an Isotopes non-restricted Monday-Thursday game and coupon for a small drink at Isotopes Park during a game, in addition to the 1st Home Run prizes and entry into the drawing for the Grand Prize
  • Grand Prize (winners selected at random): Club level seat tickets as Orbit's guest at an Isotopes game, honorary ceremonial first pitch, an autographed baseball, a large pizza during the game, and a $20 Dion's gift certificate (4 readers)

The brochure for each reading challenge provides details on how readers should submit their completed forms and other materials.  Participating students must be New Mexico residents, and eligibility will be verified for any grand prize winner.    

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