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Posted on June 2, 2021


The 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge – an annual, statewide program encouraging students to read books during the summer months – is off and running with the theme “Tails & Tales.”

Coordinated by the Connecticut State Department of Education in cooperation with the Connecticut State Library, the challenge is a statewide competition for schools based on student population and grade level. Students have read millions of books since the program began in 1996. The summer reading program also supports community initiatives run by local public libraries and recognizes “Outstanding Public Library-School Partnerships.”

Each year, the schools with the highest percentage of participating enrollment and the highest number of books read by participating students at the end of the summer are recognized for their accomplishments.

During the 2021 kickoff announcement, the top-performing schools in the 2020 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, “Imagine Your Story,” were announced. Nearly 105,000 books were read by 9,576 students who participated.

The top-performing schools were:

Elementary Schools

  • Booth Free School, Regional School District 12
  • Burnham School, Regional School District 12
  • Frisbie Elementary School, Wolcott Public Schools
  • Goshen Center School, Regional School District 6
  • James Morris School, Regional School District 6
  • Lee H. Kellogg, Regional School District 1
  • Warren School, Regional School District 6
  • Washington Primary School, Regional School District 12

Middle Schools

  • Abraham Baldwin Middle School, Guilford Public Schools
  • Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools
  • Madison Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools
  • Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott Public Schools
  • Westbrook Middle School, Westbrook Public Schools
  • Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield Public Schools

High Schools

  • Shelton High School, Shelton Public Schools

Unique/Private Schools

  • Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
  • Wamogo Regional High School – Grades 7 and 8, Regional School District 6

Student journals, district reporting forms, and all other materials related to the program are available on the State Department of Education’s website.