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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Mayor Brown Seeks Reading Rules! Champions


Buffalo, N.Y. – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced his 18th annual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge in the library at the Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center. He was joined by Buffalo School Administrators, students, as well as the Department of Community Services and Recreational Programming, the Buffalo Police Athletic League, and Reading Rules! event sponsors.

Last year, a record number of over 2,000 students, in grades K-12, successfully completed Mayor Brown’s summer reading program. Mayor Brown started Reading Rules! in 2001 when he was a New York State Senator to help increase literacy in the Buffalo and Western New York area. During his tenure as Mayor, over 16,000 Champion Readers in Buffalo have completed the challenge since 2006.

“It’s wonderful to see how my Summer Reading Challenge has grown and evolved over the past 18 years,” said Mayor Brown. “As I continue to build an inclusive and equitable City of Buffalo, I want all of our youth to continue to strengthen their reading skills during the summer months, particularly those who reside in our under-served communities. 20 minutes of reading per day can help increase literacy and a lifelong love for learning.”

“We know that becoming proficient at anything requires constant practice,” said Dr. Kriner Cash, Buffalo School Superintendent. “The Education Bargain forms a pact between parents and the district to get children off to a good start and urge them toward their potential throughout their school years. Being read to, early reading, and a life-long joy of reading comes from reading every day to boost comprehension, classroom involvement, and ultimate success. Thank you, Mayor Brown, for inspiring children and families to read throughout the summer months for 17 years through Reading Rules!”

Between the months of June and August, students are required to read seven books at or above their grade level and complete seven book summaries by August 9, 2019. Parents can find more information and register their children using the online participation form on the city website, Participants are encouraged to submit their summaries online.

All Champion Readers are invited to attend Mayor Brown’s awards ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Mark your calendars!

This year’s sponsors include:


The City of Buffalo

Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. 

Buffalo Public Schools

Say Yes to Education-Buffalo 



M&T Bank

Alternative Information Systems

Variety - The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & WNY 

CB Emmanuel Realty


Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union 

National Grid

Buffalo Water managed by Veolia 

University Pediatric Dental Associates 

Delaware North

Talking Leaves Books

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Sabres Foundation 

Ingram Micro

RP Oak Hill Building Co. 

Buffalo Bisons

CB-Emmanuel Realty LLC 


Northwest Bank 


Ferguson Electric 



Douglas Development 

Key Bank

Frey Electric 

National Grid 

National Fuel 


TOPS Friendly Markets 


Buffalo Teachers Federation 

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 

ADPRO Sports, New Era



West Herr 




Digestive Health Physicians 

The Teacher’s Desk

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site 

Albright Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens 

Project Flight

Buffalo Pedal Tours 

Zenger Group 

Ellicott Development 

Desi’s Produce

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Read to Succeed Buffalo

The Buffalo History Museum 

Buffalo Zoo

Kissing Bridge 



Dave & Busters 

Mighty Taco 

Ted’s Hot Dogs 


Upstate Farm

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