2019 Mayor Walsh’s Summer Reading Challenge Winners!


The top 5 classrooms that won the 2019 Mayor Walsh’s Summer Reading Challenge were from Webster Elementary School, Dr. Weeks Elementary School, and Seymour Dual Language Academy.

Each classroom received a pizza party hosted by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and Superintendent Jaime Alicea.

Eight summer school sites from the The Syracuse City School District had classrooms participate. In its second year under the Walsh administration, the challenge incentivizes students in elementary school grades K-5 to read for three weeks during the summer, competing for a chance to read the most minutes. Overall, all of the participants read 98,782 minutes in less than a month.

Congratulations to all of the students for their efforts! With the help of parents, teachers and the support of administrators, they excelled! Additional summer school sites that had classrooms participate included students from McKinley-Brighton Elementary School, Porter Elementary School, STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School, Syracuse Latin Elementary School, and Roberts Pre-K-8 School.