LANSING, Mich. — A challenge is being issued to the state Legislature membership as state Sen. Phil Pavlov and Rep. Amanda Price are asking colleagues to honor “March Is Reading Month” by reading to at least 1,000 students each.
Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, exceeded that goal in 2015 by reading in front of 1,150 students.
“Reading opens up new worlds for children and adults. It teaches us to question and imagine in ways we have never done before,” Pavlov said. “A lifelong love of reading is essential for a balanced and successful life, and fostering this love in students at a young age leads to greater achievements at all levels of their education.”
Price, R-Park Township, also made reading an emphasis in 2015 by reading before 1,307 students.
“Reading is the foundation of education,” Price said. “It’s an ability that can be enjoyed in the classroom and at home. I hope my fellow legislators will join in sharing their time with our youngest residents to help foster their own education and love of reading.”
About one in six children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers, emphasized Pavlov.
“I’m not sure it’s possible to overstate the importance of developing good reading skills,” Pavlov said. “I applaud teachers, parents and young readers throughout Michigan for their work this month and encourage all of us always to become more active readers”
Educators who would like to schedule a time for Pavlov. Price to read to students can call toll free at (866) 305-2125 or by email at SenPPavlov@senate.mi.gov. Price’s office can be reached toll free at (888) 238-1008 or via email at AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov.
Note: A public service announcement from Pavlov on March is Reading Month is available for broadcast from this website. Click on Video under the Media Center tab, above.