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Gov. Walker reads to students in Sparta

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker joined students, Friday, as a guest reader at St. Patrick’s School in Sparta.  It's part of the Read Across America celebration. 

Read Across America is a national campaign that brings together schools, libraries, and communities to promote reading for children and teens.  The event occurs each year in conjunction with the birthday of famous child author, Theodor “Seuss” Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Governor Walker also his own reading initiative.  In 2011, Walker launched his Read to Lead initiative, a comprehensive effort to support and expand literacy programs throughout the state. The initiative includes programs assessing basic literacy skills of students from kindergarten through second grade and strengthening literacy requirements for teacher preparation training.

“Literacy is the skill that provides the foundation for education,” Governor Walker said.  “We are committed to making sure kids know how to read before they reach fourth grade, when they need to read to learn other subjects.  My Read to Lead initiative promotes literacy through early screenings, teacher development, and investments for effective programs helping make sure every child is on track to a successful future built on a great education.”

More information about Read to Lead as well as an application form for the Read to Lead Development Fund grant, can be found here:
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