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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Speaks During Literacy Recognition Luncheon in Pulaski County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Season Prewitt

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher today traveled to Pulaski County to promote early childhood literacy and to recognize Oak Hill and Eubank Elementary Schools for their success with the Read to Achieve program.  In between stops she attended the Literacy Recognition Luncheon at Pulaski Elementary where she was the keynote speaker for the event.

Mrs. Fletcher spent time reading to a kindergarten class and a first grade class at each school. 

Oak Hill Elementary has achieved a 14.1 point reading gain between 2005 and 2006 and Eubank Elementary has achieved a 17.1 point reading gain during a concurrent time period.  Both elementary schools are in the top 10 percent of the highest gains made in reading from 2005 to 2006.

During her remarks at the Literacy Recognition Luncheon the First Lady focused on the Read to Achieve program as a tool for improving self-esteem and creating excitement for reading.  Read to Achieve focuses on improving literacy early on and therefore eliminating learning obstacles in the future.

“I truly believe that reading is the foundation of learning,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.  “Children who can read and are motivated to read will be prepared for a lifetime of learning and intellectual growth.”

Currently there are currently 312 elementary schools in Kentucky receiving funding from the program.  Through Read to Achieve, schools are provided with grant money to promote research-based intervention and assistance for children struggling to read. 

“We are on the right path to eliminating literacy obstacles.  Read to Achieve really does make a difference in the lives of Kentucky’s school children,” said the First Lady.