NORMAN — Sen. Rob Standridge recently congratulated 600 area students who participated in the Junior Senator reading program.
Sponsored by Standridge, the supplemental reading program encourages students to increase the time they devote to reading.
Four schools in Senate District 15 — All Saints Catholic School, Monroe and McKinley Elementary schools in Norman and Pioneer Intermediate in Noble — participated in the program.
“Reading is a fundamental skill that opens the door to a new world of opportunities for young people,” said Standridge, R-Norman. “I want to congratulate the 600 students who completed the program and the educators and parents who enthusiastically supported them.”
Librarians Jamie Johnson at McKinley, Sharon Chapman at Monroe, Lauren Bordelon at All Saints and Renee Surowicz at Pioneer Intermediate developed reading programs for their respective schools.
Standridge offered a supplemental reading program providing additional incentive and requirements.
Each school adjusted the program to their needs. Some read a certain number of books, while others recorded the amount of minutes read. Each student who completed the program received a citation from the Oklahoma State Senate and a T-shirt.
Standridge or his wife, Lisa, attended each Reading Award assembly at the sites to present the citations and T-shirts.
“I was very encouraged by the response to the program, and I’m hopeful even more schools participate next year,” Standridge said. “I’m always pleased to meet young people in our district, and it has been a real joy to visit with so many talented educators.
“My hope is to encourage students and let them know their community leaders are invested in their well-being and development.”
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