First Lady Carol Mead is a Reading Ambassador for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This is a continuing venture with Scholastic, Inc. The Scholastic Reading Challenge is a free online program encouraging children to read over the summer and giving them a chance to set a new world record for summer reading. The First Lady wants to reinforce the importance of reading for all children in Wyoming.

First Lady Mead said,

“Reading over the summer is key to avoiding learning loss over the school break,I am delighted to serve as a Reading Ambassador for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge again this year. It is a pleasure to provide children new books to read over the summer to enjoy and keep their skills sharp.”

This is the fourth year Mrs. Mead has served as a Reading Ambassador. She has donated 2000 books to students across Wyoming. This year the First Lady donated 500 books to several groups - the Boys and Girls Club, STRIDE Learning Center, as well as the Cheyenne and Rock Springs Eat. Read. Grow. organizations.

Wyoming students logged 123,616 minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge in 2013. Students at Pronghorn Elementary School in Gillette earned the number one spot for Wyoming logging 62,308 minutes. Students across the globe logged 176 million minutes in 2013 – a world record.

Teachers and parents can register children for the free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge program by visiting From May 5 through September 5, 2014, kids can log their reading minutes, earn virtual rewards and help set a new reading world record. The site also offers free resources for parents and teachers including booklists, expert advice and a free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app to log reading minutes on-the-go.