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N.M. students can win prizes for reading

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New Mexico children could win a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom or ride in a hot air balloon with Gov. Susana Martinez under a program that state officials hope will encourage students to read when they aren’t in school.

The governor is to announce several reading contests today in Albuquerque. The state is partnering with private and public organizations, including the city of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Isotopes.

The governor’s office says the goal is to prevent a drop in the reading proficiency of students during the summer months.

Among the top prizes for winning students is an expense-paid family trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, throwing a pitch at an Isotopes baseball game and serving as a junior zookeeper at Albuquerque’s zoo.

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