March is National Reading Month

Reading is vital to a successful education and lays the foundation to a rewarding future. Learning to read at a young age has been shown to increase a student’s ability to remember facts, comprehend information and be successful in both school and his or her career.

March is celebrated as National Reading Month as a time to encourage children to pick up a book and read.

To help promote the importance of reading, Senate Republican members will travel throughout the Great Lakes State to read with Michigan students in classrooms from Monroe to Marquette.

For 2016, senators recorded short videos about March is Reading Month — sharing their favorite books with viewers and encouraging adults to read with kids to help develop good reading habits.

Nearly 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.

Literacy is perhaps the most important factor to achieving successful futures.

The Senate Republicans encourage parents to join in the effort to help children succeed through reading. A simple way parents can help is by picking up a book and reading to their children each night.

As we celebrate National Reading Month, let’s strive to achieve the important goals of engaging our children about reading and opening their eyes to new worlds and adventures.