First Lady Mead Donates Books as Wyoming’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador”

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:37 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:37 PM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – First Lady Carol Mead and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have donated 500 books to Wyoming elementary schools through the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Mrs. Mead has participated as a Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador” for five years. This year, books were given to Kemmerer Elementary School (Kemmerer), Coffeen Elementary School, Woodland Park Elementary School, and Sagebrush Elementary School (all in Sheridan), and Tongue River Elementary School (Ranchester) to encourage kids to read over the summer.

First Lady Mead has championed early childhood literacy as part of her children’s issues initiative for the last five years. “I want to see Wyoming children reading over the summer with their families and caregivers,” said Mrs. Mead. “Reading with a child for just 20 minutes each day promotes social and emotional well-being and keeps their skills sharp over the summer months.”

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that motivates children to read all summer long by logging their reading minutes in an attempt to set a new summer reading world record. Last year, the students of Wyoming were instrumental in setting the worldwide summer reading world record of over 304 million minutes; this year promises to be an even greater success.

Teachers and parents can register children for the free summer reading program by visiting From May 4 through September 4, 2015, kids can log their reading minutes, unlock stories written by 13 favorite children’s authors, and help set a new reading world record. The site also offers free resources for parents and teachers including summer reading booklists, daily tips from parenting experts, and sweepstakes and giveaways.

For more information about Scholastic or the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit the media room or contact Sara Sinek at (212) 343-6899 or, or Michael Barrett at (212) 343-6570 or