Students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School like to read, but first lady Mikey Hoeven challenged them to read even more books this summer.
Hoeven, the wife of Gov. John Hoeven, visited the school Tuesday and read from the book "Wolf," by Becky Bloom, and asked the children to pledge to read four or more books during the summer months.
Kids who don't read during the summer can lose some of the academic progress they've made during the school year, said Hoeven, who told the students that reading will help keep their memories sharp and "is good for you."
First Lady Mikey Hoeven reads to children at Lewis and Clark Elementary on Tuesday.
The Scholastic Corporation gave 500 books to Hoeven to distribute as she chose, and she gave 150 books to the school library at Lewis and Clark Elementary and 350 books so that each child in the school can have a book to take home.
The reading challenge is part of the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a four-month global literacy campaign. More information about the challenge is available on the Scholastic Website at (www.scholastic.com/summer), where kids can record the minutes spent reading, earn points for their team, play games and read for a cause, with a donation going to support Save the Children. Parents and educators can find summer book lists and articles in English and Spanish as well as other information on the site.
Hoeven said her favorite book when she was in third grade was "Charlotte's Web" and she loved reading about Templeton, the rat who ate everything, and Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig. She read to her children every night when they were growing up. Her daughter, Marcela, has been a Junior Achievement volunteer at Lewis and Clark Elementary this school year.
On Tuesday, Mikey Hoeven was also inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma Society as an honorary member during a morning ceremony at Minot State University.