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Mayor, Council challenge students to read more

Post Date:08/31/2017 12:14 PM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer
Office: (623) 882-7053 

Mayor, Council challenge students to read more

Contest runs Sept. 5 – Oct. 6


Goodyear, Ariz. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Mayor Georgia Lord and the City Council have issued a challenge to all Goodyear students in kindergarten through eighth grade: “read as much as you can in the next month and help your classroom win a party with treats!”

The Reading Challenge provides incentives for students to read more. Students report the number of pages read on a weekly basis using a scorecard. Teachers then track the number of pages read by the classroom as a whole, competing against other classrooms across the city. At the conclusion of the challenge, teachers report their classroom’s total number of pages read and one winning classroom per grade receives a prize. The younger students receive an ice cream party while the winning middle school students receive a pizza party.

The Reading Challenge, in its fifth year, came from City Council member Joanne Osborne’s Building Blocks to Great Schools – a partnership between city officials and school administrators that provides a forum to develop policies and practices that enhance the quality of education for Goodyear students.  As one of the official ReadOn community members, Goodyear has pledged to make reading a priority to boost literacy and support reading proficiency for Goodyear’s students in support the state’s ReadOn Arizona literacy program.

For more information, call Jessica Perry at (623) 882-7776, email or visit  


About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Campus and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93% of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.

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