First Lady Ann Scott Celebrates H.I.V.E. Preparatory Academy Students’ Summer Reading Accomplishments

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First Lady Ann Scott visited Highly Inquisitive and Versatile Education (HIVE) Preparatory School in Miami-Dade County to congratulate them on winning the 2017 First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure reading challenge. Each student and school employee received family passes to a Florida state park and the school received 100 books for its library. The school previously won the Summer Literacy Adventure in 2013.

The Summer Literacy Adventure is an annual partnership between the Florida Department of Education, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Lottery that is designed to encourage Florida students to strengthen their reading skills during the summer break.

“I am extremely proud of HIVE Preparatory Academy and their students for making literacy a priority,” said First Lady Ann Scott. “This is the second time HIVE Preparatory Academy has won the Summer Literacy Adventure, and they should be very proud of their accomplishments. HIVE Preparatory Academy sets a great example for the rest of the state, and I enjoyed visiting the students and educators to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment.”

“Congratulations to the students at HIVE Preparatory Academy for winning the Summer Literacy Adventure!” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Reading during the summer is vital to lifelong learning and success. I am grateful to First Lady Ann Scott for her commitment to reading and literacy, and I applaud HIVE Preparatory Academy’s students, teachers and leaders their hard work.”

The First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure challenged students to read as many books as possible during the summer break. First Lady Ann Scott visited state parks and emphasized to students the value of reading. Statewide, more than 27,000 students participated and pledged to read books this summer.

“The Florida Literacy Adventure is a great event that DEP is proud to be a part of each year,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “It’s an honor to partner with First Lady Ann Scott, DOE and the Florida Lottery to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards – congratulations to HIVE Preparatory School and all who participated in the adventure.”

Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By reminding their children to read over breaks from school, parents play an important role in ensuring every child reads at or above grade level.

The Florida Lottery donated books to students throughout the summer as part of the 2017 Summer Literacy Adventure.

“The Florida Lottery was proud to once again partner with First Lady Ann Scott by sponsoring and donating books to the 2017 Summer Literacy Adventure,” said Secretary Jim Poppell. “Reading is the foundation of learning and success, and we congratulate this year’s winners for their commitment toward advancing their reading skills.”

For more information about the First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure, CLICK HERE.

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