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And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Sacramento, Stockton make top 25 PaceSetters list for reading

SACRAMENTO -- The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized 25 cities and counties as Community Solutions PaceSetters for their work addressing the challenges that keep low-income children from mastering reading by the end of third grade.

The PaceSetters will be honored at a conference June 30-July 2 in Denver that will launch a national network committed to grade-level reading.

Altogether, 124 cities and regions have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network, adopting a collective impact strategy that engages the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

These efforts involve schools but acknowledge that schools alone cannot address the myriad challenges that keep children from learning to read. In particular, the Campaign is focusing on:

-- School Readiness-preparing young children to begin school ready to learn 

Author Jennifer Hartvickson to read at McKinley Elementary - free event

Author Jennifer Hartvickson to read at McKinley Elementary - free event

McKinley Elementary School will present the author, Jennifer Hartvickson, who will read her book “Mr. Lemur’s Train of Thought” to our Kindergarten through Third grade classes on April 30th from 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at McKinley School, 30 W. 9th Street.  During this fun event the author will read her book and invite students to participate in a “Write Your Own Mister Lemur Story”.

There is no charge for this event. This book introduces students to lemurs, Madagascar, problem solving, writing, and illustrating.   Along with this Jennifer will emphasizing the importance of goal setting and planning.   Jennifer Hartvickson is the co-author of “Mr. Lemur’s Train of Thought”.