Hillsborough County Kicks Off the 6th Annual Summer Reading Summit

This year’s summit will spotlight the community-wide ‘Read on myON’ program, which provides free digital books to more than 245,000 users

(Hillsborough, FL) May 4, 2017 — Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), along with nine community partners, today announces the 6th annual summer reading initiative with myON, the leading provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace. The community-wide program, “Read on myON” launched in February 2012 to prevent summer slide, increase literacy rates through awareness, and provide every child from birth through eighth grade with equitable access to a large collection of enhanced digital books.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL) Director Andrew Breidenbaugh, along with other local dignitaries, emceed by well-known community member, Yvonne Fry, will kick off this summer’s reading challenge along with connecting childcare providers to free resources available at the Summer Reading Summit hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT) at Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amelie Arena.

In addition to spotlighting free reading resources, incentives, and contests supporting summer reading, this year’s Summer Reading Summit will have a panel of community members such as Superintendent Eakins, THPL’s Director Andrew Breidenbaugh, David Egles- Tampa Bay Rays CommunityEngagement Manager, Warren Hope Dawson-Attorney at Law, Tracy Keenan-HDR Engineering, and Lindsey Robbins- Read to Dream, discussing the impact of literacy and summer learning on their area of expertise. The Summer Reading Challenge will be awarding experiences to our children and their families as reading incentives. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ top prize will include a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of One Buc Place, in addition to the Glazer Children’s Museums prize packages and much more!

Attendees of the summit can browse through reading options and share ideas to enhance summer programming with representatives of local organizations including United Way Suncoast, Hillsborough Public Library Cooperative, HCPS’ Library Media Services, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Arts Council, I-Station, Scholastic, Barnes and Noble, Bess the Book Bus, WEDU, Tampa Bay Times, Bricks Smart, Early Literacy Matters, and myON.

“We can close the achievement gap when we work collaboratively with community partners. Summer reading with myON is the perfect opportunity for children to read for fun, learn new things and explore faraway places. I hope everyone will encourage their children to get involved in high-quality summer programs and innovative practices. Making certain that our students are reading helps us prepare students for life.” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.


In addition to key organizations, the myON Street Team will return this summer as a vital component to encouraging and motivating students to read. The vision of the myON Street Team is to convene a group of students from Hillsborough County Public Schools and area Universities to provide them professional development opportunities to learn how to help students understand the value of literacy and learning; then continue their mission by travelling to summer sites to encourage and motivate students to continue to learn over the summer.

Along with HCPS and myON, all of the original community partners have renewed their commitment to “Read on myON,” including Hillsborough County Public Schools, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, United Way Suncoast, BOCC Head Start, Tampa Housing Authority, and the Early Learning Coalition. And in January of 2017, Read on myON Partnership welcomed an additional partner, YMCA.

“The most precious tool you can give a child is the ability to read, and a book! It can change lives, create an escape, and encourage greatness,” said Kelley Parris, executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.

HCPS is the eighth-largest district in the nation, serving many English language learners in a population where 17% of students are below the poverty line. The “Read on myON” project has engaged parents, teachers, administrators, students, and enthusiastic nonprofits to make literacy for all a top priority. Since the start of the partnership, more than 245,000 Hillsborough county users have read over 11.1 million books, spending 1.5 million hours—that’s about 256 years of reading.

All Summer Care Providers and educators from Hillsborough County are encouraged to register for the Summer Reading Summit for free here.





Siemens’ National Day of STEM Includes New, Original Hands-on Activities, Career Videos

and Live Chats with STEM Experts


Silver Spring, Md. (May 4, 2017) – Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education,  announced that the first ever Siemens’ National Day of STEM – a virtual initiative dedicated to delving into conversations about the STEM field  –  will be held on May 16, 2017, starting at 10:00 am ET.


Available at no cost, Siemen’s National Day of STEM will provide engaging career information for middle and high school students and facilitate LIVE interaction via social media between educators, Siemens Employees, and STEM professionals.  The event is an extension of the Siemens STEM Day site that includes a K-12 online STEM experiencewith more than 130 elementary, middle school and high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Online materials emphasize the importance of STEM through standards-aligned, fun and engaging hands-on classroom activities and videos designed to support the development of students’ ability to investigate, question and understand how the world works within STEM principles.

Siemens’ National Day of STEM offers:

  • Career Vignettes – new STEM career videos, created at Siemens’ Energy Hub in Charlotte, NC, provide students with insights into the fields of engineering and manufacturing and illuminate the benefits of hands-on learning and apprenticeship.
  • Online Activities – new free, downloadable online activities for high school students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering add to the breadth of K-12 resources already available.
  • LIVE STEM Chat – at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT on May 16, educators will have the opportunity to submit questions to Discovery Education STEM experts and Siemens employees that will be answered in real-time.


Additional interactive student activities can be found on the STEM Day site and filtered by grade level, category or career path, and explore topics spanning healthcare, engineering, IT, science, math, technology, energy and manufacturing.  A Teacher Support Center also provides educators 5-minute prep videos, live demonstrations of activities and downloadable one-pagers for best practice and how-to guides.

Learn more about Siemens’ National Day of STEM and download the program’s free resources athttp://siemensstemday.com.  Submit questions live on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd and @Siemens; and join the conversation using #PowerofSTEMday.

About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $100 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math.  The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For further information, visit http://www.siemens-foundation.org/  or follow @SFoundation.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.