Governor Gary Locke presents the...
Summer Reading Challenge

The reporting deadline for the 2004 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge was September 18, 2004.

Certificates of recognition from Governor Locke were mailed on October 11, 2004. The winners of the Disneyland and the book prizes have been notified.

If you have any questions about reporting, please contact us at:
Office of Governor Gary Locke
P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 360/902.4111

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Governor Locke encouraged all young people, under the age of 18, to read 15 hours or more during the summer months. Young people who completed the Challenge receive a certificate of recognition from the Governor. Summer readers also qualified for random drawings for one trip to Disneyland, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and book prizes, courtesy of the Verizon Foundation.

Young people were asked to read at least 15 hours during the summer months. That goal could be reached by reading 20 minutes a day, five days a week between the date school is out in June and Labor Day.

Young people were encouraged to read with a local summer program at their local library, school group, church, Scout troop, YMCA or YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, or other local program. The hours spent reading with a summer group also counted toward meeting the Governor's challenge.

In addition, children could participate in the Challenge by reading alone, reading with friends or family, or being read to.

All young people, under the age of 18, from pre-school to high school, were invited to participate. Preschoolers and children with special needs, who have difficulty reading on their own, could participate by having an adult or older child read to or with them.

Children and groups did not have to pre-register to participate. Once children had read at least 15 hours they were asked to report meeting the Challenge goal on this website or by mailing a letter or a reporting form to the address below.

Children must be residents of Washington State to participate in the Challenge. Families of employees of the Office of the Governor, the Office of Financial Management, and the Department of Information Services were not eligible to receive prizes offered by the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge.

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Office of Governor Gary Locke
P.O. Box 40002  Olympia, WA  98504  Phone: 360.902.4111
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