(Pictured: First Lady Carol Mead, daughter Mary Mead and Lucie Osborn from the Laramie County Library)
OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – First Lady Carol Mead and publisher Scholastic donated over 500 books to a summer reading program in Laramie County this week. Mrs. Mead joined up with the Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program to encourage children to work on their literacy skills over the summer. Mrs. Mead is one of 44 First Spouses nationwide to participate in this effort.
The First Lady said that education and literacy are priorities for Governor Mead and for her. “We’re interested in good outcomes for children. We believe a whole host of social problems can be addressed through teaching children, through education, through literacy and so anything we can do to improve literacy in the state of Wyoming we want to do.”
The Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program aims to provide third, fourth and fifth graders books to keep reading proficiency up over the summer. The books are for the children to keep. Mrs. Mead said the books were supposed to arrive at the end of the school year, but flooding delayed their arrival. “We decided that we still wanted those books to get in the hands of young kids and the county library was a logical way to achieve that because it has a summer reading program,” the First Lady said.
“We are thrilled to have these wonderful books to put into the hands of 9 to 12 year old kids so they can keep their reading skills up over the summer,” Laramie County Librarian Lucie Osborn said. “Reading throughout the summer helps kids maintain their skills and start out the new school year ahead of the game. We thank Scholastic and Carol Mead, Wyoming's First Lady for the donation and for helping kids keep reading through the summer.”