Governor Dayton Launches Leap Into Reading
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 29, 2012 to be Leap Into Reading Day. This signals an increased emphasis to improve literacy statewide on the part of the Minnesota Department of Education. Leap Into Reading activities will continue through the year, including events at Great River Regional Library. The text of the proclamation includes:
Whereas: Early literacy begins with the adults in a child’s life, since reading to children develops language skills and starts them towards success in reading and learning; and
Whereas: Research has shown that one of the best ways to help children succeed in school is to improve the literacy level of their primary adults; and
Whereas: According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 11 million adults are nonliterate in English; and
Whereas: Libraries are among the first institutions that New Americans turn to for help in learning how to read, write, and speak English; and
Whereas: Schools and public and academic libraries provide resources to support lifelong literacy and learning for all Minnesotans; and
Whereas: The Minnesota Department of Education is launching a statewide literacy campaign, building upon the momentum of February, 2012 as “I Love to Read Month,” that will help raise awareness of programs that promote lifelong reading success.
Now, therefore I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim February 29, 2012 to be: Leap Into Reading Day.