First Lady Ann LePage Kicks off Read to ME Challenge

January 28, 2017

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2017
Contact: Barbara Claudel, Executive Assistant to First Lady Ann LePage, 207-624-7508

AUGUSTA – First Lady Ann LePage announced today that she will launch the Read to ME Challenge sponsored by Maine’s Department of Education on February 2, 2017 at the Blaine House. Military children and parents are invited to attend from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. when the First Lady will deliver remarks, followed by a reading to the children.
“Reading to a child is such a special time,” Ann LePage said. “I am a firm believer that if you teach a child to read and continue reading to them through their childhood, they will become life-long learners.”

The Read to ME Challenge is a Maine Department of Education public awareness campaign to promote childhood literacy. This simple but powerful campaign challenges adults to read to children for 15 minutes, to capture that reading episode via a photo, and then post it on social media to challenge others to do the same. The Read to ME Challenge will run for the month leading up to Read Across America Day on March 2, 2017.

Schools and organizations are invited to join the challenge and to encourage community members to do the same. The collective voice of many key partners, leaders and those in respected positions will send a clear message about the vital importance reading to children plays in the social and economic well-being of Maine. Maine DOE also encourages partners to be creative and to use this opportunity to enhance ongoing literacy education outreach efforts.

The First Lady also will visit Gardiner Middle School and Carrie Ricker Middle School in Litchfield on Monday, February 6 to promote the Read to Me Challenge by reading to students.

For more information about this campaign please visit or contact DOE Literacy Specialist Lee Anne Larsen at

Military Families who wish to attend may register at or call Elizabeth Marcotte at 430-5773.
Members of the media may contact Barbara Claudel @ for interview requests with the First Lady.