Read Across America Week


WHEREAS, reading is an essential skill for all individuals, and learning to read is a sequential process that forms differently for everyone, building on the mastery of previously learned skills; and

WHEREAS, motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers; and

WHEREAS, in 1997 the National Education Association (NEA) created a task force to design creative ways to encourage active reading in early childhood development by engaging schools around the United States; and

WHEREAS, by 1998, the first Read Across America Week was celebrated to promote reading as the catalyst for students future academic success, their preparation for America’s jobs of the future, and their ability to compete in a global economy; and

WHEREAS, Governor McAuliffe and Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, will participate in Read Across America Week to recognize the critical role that parents, teachers, mentors, and all adults play in promoting the early adoption of reading;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2-6, 2016, as READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.