Grand Prizes Include iPad for Student, Interactive Whiteboard for School

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 16, 2013 – As more states begin to implement strategies to prepare their students for career and college readiness, it’s critical for students to stay academically focused while school is not in session. In a nation-wide survey conducted by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), 77% of teachers said that students who participate in a summer learning program are better prepared for school when they return in the fall, and 88% said summer learning is crucial to supporting students’ overall success in school.

To support summer reading, myON™ reader announces the 2013 Summer SuperHero Reading Program. All schools using myON reader, an online personalized literacy environment matching students’ interests and reading levels to recommended enhanced digital books, are encouraged to participate in the summer reading program, which runs May 15 – August 15, 2013.

The 2013 Summer SuperHero Reading Program hopes to encourage students to read over the summer, be rewarded for their efforts, and help build a new love of reading. The program will track time spent reading in two categories of students: grades PreK-5 and grades 6-12. Student prizes will be based on total time spent reading and schools can participate by reading the most books. Steelcase, Variquest and many of the myON publishing partners have agreed to provide prizes for the program. Winners will be announced on the Capstone Connect blog on September 4, 2013.

Among the amazing prizes include:

Student Prizes
· SuperHero: Wins an Apple® iPad®

· SuperHero Runner-Up: Wins an Apple® iPad® mini

· Jr. SuperHero: Wins a Sony® Bloggie™ Touch

School Prizes
· 1st Place: Eno Interactive Whiteboard

· 2nd Place: Variquest Poster Design System

· 3rd Place: one Elementary School Publisher myON Bundle and one Middle School Publisher myON Bundle

A Summer Reading Toolkit featuring downloadable posters, flyers, login cards, and more is available for all myON customers on the myON portal under the “Learn More” section.

To register and receive more information on the Summer SuperHero Reading Program, visit the contest page. Included are real-life SuperHeroes videos from Former Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren, Assistant Police Chief of the Tampa Bay Department John Bennet, and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, encouraging students and families to read over the summer.

“Bottom line, the best remedy for the ‘summer slide’ is to put books in the hands of kids. The opportunity to impact students’ success can be greatly enhanced by providing unlimited opportunities to read and match kids to books that interest them and are at the right level. myON reader provides students with a collection of more than 4,000 enhanced digital books to encourage reading, leverage technology and give anytime access. We want to build momentum around reading and literacy to help build long-term academic achievement for all students.” said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital.

About myON™
myON reader provides online access to more than 4,000 books with multimedia supports, such as embedded dictionary, highlighting and audio, customized to a student’s interest and reading. Accessible at school or home, the platform creates a collaborative reading environment where students, educators and parents work together to support student reading performance. Students also have access to a safe, social network where they can read, rate, review and recommend books to classmates. Since the platform launched in January 2011, more than 1.4 million students have logged on to read upwards of 4.25 million books. Learn more about myON at

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