Sen. Proos celebrates March is Reading Month with Southwest Michigan children

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos kicked off “March is Reading Month” by visiting first- and third-graders at schools throughout Southwest Michigan, including stops in Benton Harbor, Watervliet and Centreville.

“Reading to children at a young age has been shown to generate an interest in learning, a creative spirit and a confidence in academic ability later in life,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It is always a great time sharing a love of reading to young people as we celebrate National Reading Month.”

In an effort to promote the importance of reading, Proos will be reading to hundreds of students at local elementary schools throughout Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.

During Proos’ recent visits with first-graders at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy and third-graders at South Elementary School in Watervliet, he read A Pirate’s Quest, a book by a brother-sister creative team from Michigan.

At Centreville Elementary School, the third-graders voted on the book for Proos to read. The winner was My Brother, the Senator by Lynette Carpenter. The Michigan author grew up on the family farm with three brothers. Her oldest brother, Marlin Stutzman, did become a senator and is currently a congressman representing Indiana’s 3rd District.

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Top photo caption: Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrated March is Reading Month with Mrs. Zuniga’s and Mrs. Iliff’s third-grade classes at South Elementary School in Watervliet on March 4.

Center photo caption: Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, read A Pirate’s Quest to Mrs. Wilt’s first-grade class at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy on Feb. 29.

Bottom photo caption: Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrated March is Reading Month with Mrs. Wolff’s and Mrs. McNamara’s third-grade classes at Centreville Elementary School on March 7. The senator read My Brother, the Senator, which was chosen by a student vote.