Elected officials from both sides of the aisle came out in force recently for a cause they all enthusiastically agree on – the importance of encouraging children to read. Twenty-two different state, regional and local officials gathered at the Dayton Metro Library to record segments for the Library’s Summer Challenge media promotion.
“Summer Slide is not playground equipment,” says Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in one of the new video spots. “It’s the tendency for students to lose reading skills over the summer.”
“Summer reading helps them keep the knowledge they learned over the school year,” adds Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joins in, encouraging parents, grandparents and caregivers to “Sign your child up for the Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge.”
The video clips have been edited and combined into five separate commercials full of tips for parents and caregivers who want to encourage their children to read. The commercials will air from May 17 through the end of August on various television and streaming services.
“We think it’s unprecedented to have such a wonderful, diverse group of elected officials take time from their busy schedules to meet at the Library and help us spread the word about keeping kids engaged in summer learning,” said Chuck Duritsch, Library External Relations Manager.
Duritsch and Library Development Manager Megan Cooper coordinated the project. Cooper reached out to State Representatives, State Senators, Montgomery County Commissioners, Dayton City Commissioners, and high-level officials in all of the Dayton Metro Library service areas. After recording their individual segments, the officials gathered near the Main Library’s grand staircase for a group shot, saying, “Summer reading helps our students succeed!”
“We are grateful to everyone for helping us further our mission,” said Duritsch. “We were especially honored to have the Governor join in, recording his segment from his office in Columbus.”
The commercials were produced and edited by an award-winning team from ThinkTV16: Producer Julie Davis, Photographer Richard Nordstrom, and Editor Jason Wright.
Dayton Metro Library thanks each of the following for their part in the Summer Challenge promotional campaign: Governor Mike DeWine, State Representatives Fred Strahorn, Phil Plummer, Jim Butler, J. Todd Smith; State Senators Peggy Lehner and Stephen Huffman; Ohio State Board of Education Representative Charlotte McGuire; Montgomery County Commissioners Judy Dodge, Debbie Lieberman and Carolyn Rice; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; Dayton City Commissioners Darryl Fairchild, Jeffrey Mims, Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw; Kettering Mayor Don Patterson; Riverside Mayor Bill Flaute; Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald; Union Mayor Michael O'Callaghan; Moraine Vice Mayor Teri Murphy; and Butler Township Trustee Michael Lang along with Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch.