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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Speaks at "Read-In" Event at Daniel Boone Elementary School

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Richmond school kicks off Children’s Book Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Daniel Boone Elementary School in Richmond today to speak at a “Read-In” assembly commemorating the start of Children’s Book Week.  Prior to the assembly, Mrs. Fletcher read the book “The Amazing Bone” to a group of 1st and 2nd graders.

“Children’s Book Week is a fantastic way to encourage young people to read and provide motivation for students to seek out new authors and ideas,” said Mrs. Fletcher.  “Reading is the single most important activity for children to build a foundation of knowledge that will allow for success later in life.”

Each student who attended the “Read-In” assembly brought a book with them and participated in a 10-minute silent reading time.

Children’s Book Week is celebrated nationally in schools, libraries and bookstores.  It is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and is held each year during the week before Thanksgiving.

Reading is one of Mrs. Fletcher’s primary focuses.  She strongly supported the “Read to Achieve” legislation which was passed unanimously by the General Assembly in the spring of 2005.  The Read to Achieve Act was created to focus on reading diagnostic and intensive reading intervention for struggling readers within the state primary program.