First Lady Carol Mead is a Reading Ambassador for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge a continuing venture with Scholastic, Inc.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program encouraging children to read over the summer and giving them a chance to set a new world record for summer reading.

The First Lady says she wants to reinforce the importance of reading for all children in Wyoming. This is the fourth year Mrs. Mead has served as a Reading Ambassador. She has donated 2000 books to students across Wyoming.

This year the First Lady donated 500 books to several groups - the Boys and Girls Club, STRIDE Learning Center, as well as the Cheyenne and Rock Springs Eat. Read. Grow. organizations. Wyoming students logged 123,616 minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge in 2013. Students across the globe logged 176 million minutes in 2013 – a world record.