Governor Visits Espanola School Promoting Summer Reading Challenge

James H Rodriguez Student Body Council from left to right, President Kianna Duran, Vice-President Dylan Salazar, Secretary Anita DeAguero and Treasurer Makalaya Lewis. VDP image

Governor Visits Espanola School Promoting Summer Reading Challenge

ESPAÑOLA  – On Friday afternoon Governor Susana Martinez visited with the students of James H Rodriguez School to talk to the students and promote the Public Education Department’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Associate Superintendent Myra L. Martinez said about the Governor’s visit that “it is really exciting for students to be able to meet the Governor and take part in the summer reading program.”

Governor Martinez was welcomed to the school by the student council with student president Kianna Duran welcoming the Governor in a speech and thanking the Governor for helping to provide funds for textbooks for all students.

During her address to the students, Governor Martinez talked about the importance of reading to maintain reading and thinking skills during the summer months. “This summer, put aside that Gameboy and pick up a book” the Governor told the students. The Governor went on to list a variety of prizes students can win if they read twelve age appropriate books during the summer. All participants who complete at least six books will receive a certificate from the Governor and a book mark. Those who read at least twelve books are entered in a drawing for a variety of prizes including rides in a hot air balloon, courtside tickets at the Aggies or Lobos basketball games, a trip for the reader and their family to Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom and many more prizes.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all New Mexico kids from 5 years old through sixth grade. The program runs from May 6 until July 31. To register or for more information go to

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