On Friday, May 10, six Jane Ryan School students accompanied by the school’s Language Arts Consultants, Suzanne O’Connell and Kristen Beccaria, traveled to the Connecticut State Library in Hartford to meet the governor. These students were representing the school in the annual “Summer Reading Challenge Awards Program,” and the upcoming “Challenge Kickoff Program,” sponsored by the governor.

Jane Ryan was one of several schools from across the state who were honored by the governor for reading more than 15,000 books and having 99% of their student population participating in reading over the summer of 2012. The students were selected from each grade level based on the number of books they read to add to Jane Ryan’s grand total.

Those students are: Carol Highes, kindergarten; Luke Walsh, grade 1; Liberty France, grade 2; Martin McGrath, grade 3; Alexandra Baratta, grade 4; and Annika Haako nsen, grade 5. One of the highlights of the trip was seeing a portrait of Jonathan Trumbull, the first governor of Connecticut, and having a local news station take some footage of this event.