First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Participates in "Read Across America" Program

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. –  First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Hearn Elementary School in Frankfort today to participate in the 10th Anniversary of “Read Across America.”  This event, established by the National Education Association, began as a one-day celebration of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. 

“Read Across America” has since developed into a year-round literacy campaign designed to reach every home, school and community across the country. As part of the activities, guest speakers are invited to visit classrooms in their local communities, reading to students in an effort to motivate them to read more frequently.

“Reading provides children with a firm foundation on which they can build future success,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “Programs like ‘Read Across America’ make such a positive impact on our children. It’s great to see that the students of Hearn Elementary recognize the importance of literacy.”

During her visit at Hearn Elementary School, Mrs. Fletcher read to children in 2nd and 4th grades.

Kentucky Education Cabinet Secretary Laura Owens also participated in the event and read to kindergarten students and a group of 5th graders.

“We know and understand that reading is an important piece in the educational foundation of our children.  It is fitting that we mark the 10th anniversary of Read Across America at the same time we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss,” said Secretary Owens.  “I join Governor Fletcher and the First Lady in their continued call to raise the literacy rates among our students through continued support for programs like Read to Achieve.”

The Read to Achieve program has been a key area of focus for Mrs. Fletcher. More than 200 schools currently participate in the program, which provides intervention services for primary students who struggle with reading.

“If we get the reading right, the rest falls into place,” said Mrs. Fletcher.