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Renaissance Provides Students Unlimited Access to Digital Books and News Articles with the Kentucky Derby

Partnering with the Kentucky Derby, Renaissance is providing unlimited access to thousands of enhanced digital books and age-appropriate news articles this summer to third-grade students in the Bluegrass State

Bloomington, Minn. (Apr. 26, 2021)Renaissance, a global leader in technology-enhanced literacy, is providing third-grade students in Kentucky access to myON, Renaissance’s digital reading platform, from June 1–August 31, 2021, through a partnership with the Kentucky Derby.

Designed to get reading materials into the hands of students, the all-new “Read to the Races” initiative ties into the excitement of the Kentucky Derby and encourages students to keep reading and learning throughout the summer months. Students will be able to log in to myON using school-level shared accounts and choose from thousands of age-appropriate digital books and daily news articles.

To add to the fun, participating districts will be entered automatically into a reading challenge. Schools from the districts with the highest average time spent reading by their students this summer will be recognized in a variety of ways.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Renaissance and help students stay on track as they continue reading and learning during the summer months,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Community Relations for Churchill Downs. “We urge families to join us by encouraging students to read with myON every day!”

“The Kentucky Derby is sending a strong message to students across the Bluegrass State about the importance of reading,” said Alysse Daniels, Regional Vice President at Renaissance. “We are looking forward to supporting these efforts and celebrating the results with them!”

myON provides students with 24/7 access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction digital books and news articles—in English, Spanish, and additional languages. Students can read online with myON wherever they have access to the Internet, including in low-bandwidth locations. Students can even download digital books to read offline using free mobile apps—providing additional opportunities to read.

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About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions are used in over one-third of US schools and in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement; Lalilo, to develop critical foundational skills; and Nearpod, for teacher-facilitated instructional delivery. For more information, visit

Ken Stoflet
Communications Specialist
(715) 424-3636 ext. 2332
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