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Local Program Rewards Children Who Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) in conjunction with John Elsesser, Coventry Town Manager, and the Booth and Dimock Library, presented several local children with certificates for completing a book reading challenge.

In order to complete the program, young children were required to read 1,000 books before they began Kindergarten. Throughout the process, those involved would receive various milestone acknowledgements from the library. Parents helped them log their books, either on paper or through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten mobile app.

For every 100 books, children could bring their journal into the Children’s Department and receive a sticker along with having a picture taken and displayed on their wall of fame.

“This program allowed students to get involved in reading at an early age and truly hit the ground running as they prepare to enter kindergarten,” Rep. Ackert said. “To have completed this challenge is quite an impressive feat and I’d like to congratulate both the children and their parents for putting in a tremendous amount of time in order to accomplish this goal.”


Photo: State Representative Tim Ackert and John Elsesser, Coventry Town Manager congratulate a student who has recently completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.