Column: Another successful March is Reading Month

By Sen. Joe Hune
March 27, 2014

March 2014 proved to be another successful month for the annual March is Reading Month effort in Michigan.

Reading is vital to a successful education and lays the foundation to a rewarding and successful future. Teaching children to read at a young age is key to future success in both their school and career.

That is why this March I visited as many elementary school classrooms as possible. Sharing my love of reading with the next generation is the focal point of my 2014 March is Reading Month activities.

I encourage parents to join in the effort to help our children succeed through reading. Parents can check with their children’s school and local libraries about activities and programs and even ask about ways they can take part in reading activities along with their kids.

Try to keep this reading trend going past March as well. Delving into a few good books in the warm sunshine is a great way to enjoy summer break.

If you were unable to participate this March, please keep an eye out for next year’s efforts and please be aware of some resources our friends at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) have available to us, including suggested reading materials. By considering skill levels and developmental range, as well as the needs and interests of students, educators can select books that appeal to the broad spectrum.

Acquiring a core of books, magazines, and reference materials is the first step in engaging students and mastering Michigan’s learning requirements.

The MDE resource page can be found at: www.michigan.gov/mde.

Also, don’t hesitate to visit the Fowlerville Library for a wealth of materials and information. The knowledgeable and courteous staff will be on hand to assist you in any way possible.

If you have any further questions please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.