Senator Andrew Chesney Launches 2024 Summer Reading Program


To keep young minds active during the summer break from school, Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is offering first through sixth grade students from the 45th District an opportunity to participate in his summer reading program.

“Summer reading is a key factor in the achievement gap between struggling and successful students, and those who do not read over the summer can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills,” said Chesney. “The ‘summer slide’ is a real thing, and it’s never too late to instill a love a reading in a child.”

Students entering first through sixth grades are challenged to read eight books over the course of the summer. Books over 200 pages may count as two books. Once a student has completed the readings, a summer reading form should be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. The form can be accessed at

Completed forms should be mailed to:

State Senator Andrew Chesney
50 West Douglas Street, Suite 1001
Freeport, IL 61032

“Those who complete my summer reading challenge will receive an official certificate of recognition from the Illinois Senate and an invitation to an ice cream party,” added Chesney. “I hope to have strong participation by students who recognize the value of a great book.”

Forms should be returned by August 4th to be eligible for the recognition. For additional information, please contact Senator Chesney’s district office at (815) 232-0774.

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