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Recognizing the importance of reading

Recognizing the importance of reading

March 14th, 2019 in Opinion

It’s good to see our local schools and leaders emphasizing and supporting reading in our community.

As we reported last week, Jefferson City Public Schools ended #JCReads Week with various city and state leaders who served as guest readers at elementary schools, including Missouri first lady Teresa Parson and Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin.

Some schools had themed dress days, while others had classroom “buddies” reading together. East Elementary included “Learn about an Author Day” on Tuesday, and students at Simonsen 9th Grade Center could submit a book review each day for candy.

JCPS librarians coordinated the week, but Missouri River Regional Library, Scholastic and Downtown Book & Toy also got involved.

The week’s theme was “Reading builds community: We’re all on the same page.” The week dovetailed with the state-designated Missouri School Read-In Day on Friday.

This linked with the school district’s goal of having 100 percent of its students reading at or above their grade level.

That’s a lofty goal, and, realistically, not attainable with a school system containing thousands of students. But it’s still a good goal.

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of literacy and reading skills for the growth and development of our youth. It’s not only an essential skill for most careers, it’s also a key to personal fulfillment. Reading can take you all over the world, unlocking information that will enrich your life and shape your view of the world.

We’re pleased, at least in our community, everyone seems to be on the same page about the importance of reading.

News Tribune