Utah McDonald’s®, Utah Governor’s Commission on Literacy and the Utah State Library Host
Summer Reading Calendar Launch Parties Statewide Saturday, May 18, 1-4 p.m.
Each Participating McDonald’s to give First 100 Children a Free Scholastic Book – Placing 12,000 Free Books in the Hands of Young Readers in One Day.
For Utah school children, summer is right around the corner – and continuing to read is a key component of staying engaged over summer. To support the value of summer reading, McDonald’s, the Utah Governor’s Commission on Literacy and the Utah State Library have teamed to host a summer reading kickoff at participating Utah McDonald’s statewide on Saturday, May 18 . First Lady Jeanette Herbert will join the event at the McDonald’s at 11250 South State Street at 1 p.m. to read with children, collect gently used books and outline the value of summer reading.
The 124 McDonald’s restaurants in Utah, western Wyoming and eastern Nevada, have 100 free age-appropriate books from Scholastic provided by McDonald’s to distribute to the first 100 children at each location from 1-4 p.m. – with hopes to place 12,400 books in the hands of young readers in their communities. Many restaurants have planned reading parties with their local libraries and schools to coincide with the book giveaway. Many are also collecting gently used books to donate back to local schools and libraries.
For the past nine years, Governor’s Commission on Literacy has produced 350,000 Summer Reading Calendars to encourage children to read every day for 20 minutes, partnering with McDonald’s in Utah to offer a coupon for free Apple Slices in every calendar. Children who mail in the progress card at summer’s end receive a Certificate of Achievement from Governor Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert as well as a coupon for a free McDonald’s Happy Meal®.
###Press Release from McDonald's.