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Walker Picks February Book for Child Reading Initiative

Walker Picks February Book for Child Reading Initiative

Posted - Jan. 27, 2004 at 9:56 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reporting Utah's governor, is asking us to spend 20-minutes a day, and make a difference in a child's life. It was story time at the Capitol today, as Governor Olene Walker read a fitting book to children: 'House Mouse, Senate Mouse'.

Gov. Olene Walker: "For example, the bill for national cheese caused a big disagreement, a lot of unease."

That's the Governor's February Book of the Month. It's part of her 'Read With A Child' campaign. 20 minutes a day, she says, is all it takes to boost literacy.

Gov. Olene Walker: "If they develop the habit, what happens, they get interested in the story and it turns into a half hour or even an hour."

Parents like Bridgette Anderson see the difference.

Bridgette Anderson, Parent: "I know it's important to her because when I'm not reading to her, she sits down with the books and makes up her own stories."

The state's literacy rate is above the national average, about 83 percent. For the Governor, it's not good enough. She wants every student in the third grade reading at grade level, in 2 years.

Governor Walker also recognized several -organizations for their involvement. The campaign is sponsored in part by KSL Television and our parent company, Bonneville International.

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