U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today launched a new program for students in Georgia's 12th Congressional District, "Barrow's Bookworms." The inaugural program is for students in elementary school for the 2013 --2014 academic year.
"I'm excited to announce the launch of this new program," said Congressman Barrow. "I'm hoping this program will develop family ties and reading skills, both of which are essential for a successful future. I hope folks will get involved and encourage others to participate, so we can make reading an enjoyable activity for our children at a young age."
The reading portion of this program will begin on September 1, 2013, and will end on December 31, 2013. During this time the children, with the help of their families, are expected to read 20 books of their own choosing. Parents will keep a log of the books each child reads throughout the program. Each child that completes the 20 book reading requirement will participate in an awards ceremony in the Spring of 2014 where Congressman Barrow will present a certificate for completing the program.
In addition, Congressman Barrow is hosting a bookmark design contest for the "Barrow's Bookworms." The contest winner's bookmark will be distributed to every Barrow's Bookworms participant in the 12th District. These bookmarks should display a picture depicting the importance of reading from a young person's perspective.
More information on the program, and to download a reading log form, is available by clicking here or by contacting Congressman Barrow's office. The logo for the "Barrow's Bookworms" is also attached.