LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker officially began March is Reading Month with a trip to five Kentwood schools on Friday, March 6.
“Teaching our children the importance of reading at a young age is imperative,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Early childhood reading opens so many doors and can help promote long-term academic success.”
In the coming weeks, Schuitmaker will be traveling to various schools throughout Van Buren, Allegan, and Kent counties to remind students about the importance of reading.
The state of Michigan is placing a strong emphasis on improvements to third grade reading levels. This age is widely considered an important educational benchmark and is a strong indicator of a student’s future academic career.
Schuitmaker will bring several books to each classroom—The Giving Tree; Oh, the Places You’ll Go; House Mouse, Senate Mouse; and the Legend of Mackinac Island—and give students a quick lesson in voting before letting them democratically decide which book to read.
Across the country, parents, teachers, and volunteers will be implementing creative initiatives to encourage childhood reading. Early childhood reading habits can help promote enhanced memory, writing and creativity.
“While this National Reading Month is a great time to get our children into the habit of reading,” Schuitmaker said, “I hope that it does not end here. The benefits of reading will help these children for the rest of their lives.”