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First lady recognizes Kansas Notable Readers

Special to the HDN

TOPEKA -- The top readers of the Read Kansas Read summer reading program and their families were invited to join First Lady Mary Brownback for an award ceremony Saturday at the Kansas Book Festival.

Read Kansas Read is a summer reading program launched in May 2011 by Gov. Sam Brownback, the Kansas State Department of Education and the State Library of Kansas. Students across Kansas spent the summer recording the number of minutes they read on their reading log. As of Aug. 12, Read Kansas Read participants recorded more than 700,000 minutes in approximately two months. The top readers in each age group from the seven regional library systems were invited to join the First Lady at the Kansas Book Festival.

"I am encouraged by all the Kansas students who participated in Read Kansas Read this summer, and for how many minutes they read," Mary Brownback said. "The governor and I would like to congratulate all the students who took part. You won by just reading, because reading is important and it will be a skill you use your whole life."

The 2013 Kansas Notable Readers from northwest Kansas are Jaret Zizz, Plainville; Draven Sayre, Colby; Megan Roy, Plainville; and Hannah Shaver, WaKeeney.

For more information on the program, visit www.readkansasread.ks.gov.