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Read With a Child

Posted - Feb. 19, 2004 at 8:49 a.m.



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Are you taking the time to read with a child!

KSL hopes all of you, our viewers and listeners, have accepted Governor Olene Walker’s momentous challenge to read with a child for at least 20-minutes every day.

As we’ve said before, it seems a simple invitation. Yet, of all the gubernatorial initiatives put forth over the years, this one is truly significant - especially if it catches on.

The goal of the governor’s literacy program is ambitious: to have 90-percent of Utah’s children reading on or above grade level by 2005. Research, after all, shows kids need to be reading at grade level by third grade or they’ll likely flounder throughout the remainder of their education years.

What an accomplishment it would be if the goal could be achieved! Think of the long term benefits it would have on the educational and lifetime pursuits of those thousands of children!

Of course, it would be helpful if the legislature could find the money to enhance reading programs in the schools, as Governor Walker has recommended. The investment ultimately would return enormous dividends. But it doesn’t require government appropriations for parents and grandparents or any other adult to spend a few minutes daily reading with a child.

KSL encourages all of you to catch the vision of this terrifically meaningful program. Read with a child.

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