Reading in any language contributes to language development, cognitive growth, and a broader world perspective – regardless of the language chosen for reading. It is the act of reading itself that matters most.
As parents and educators, we are continuously seeking ways to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities that await them in college and their future careers. In this space, I announce a community wide call-to-action for a reading campaign. The reading campaign extends beyond the confines of the school building and into the home and beyond. The aim is to build a holistic reading culture with all adults involved in cultivating a culture of literacy within our community.
Researchers in the field of education have found that reading is the cornerstone of all academic achievement. It is a gateway to unlocking the vast reservoir of knowledge that exists across various subjects and disciplines. A strong foundation in reading also enhances cognitive development and equips students with crucial skills such as critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.
Parent involvement is indispensable for a student’s successful educational journey in the U.S., and when parents read with or to their children for at least one hour every day, they create an environment where literacy thrives, and academic excellence becomes attainable. Active participation in a child’s learning process can make an immense difference; parents play an instrumental role in nurturing their child’s love for reading.
Our community is characterized by its rich cultural diversity, with many households speaking languages other than English. Reading in any language contributes to language development, cognitive growth, and a broader world perspective – regardless of the language chosen for reading. It is the act of reading itself that matters most. By engaging with your children in daily reading sessions, you not only support their academic growth but also foster a lifelong love for learning as an outcome that will serve them well in college and their future careers.
I urge each and every parent and guardian to commit to this reading initiative. Dedicate the time every day to read with or to your child. Encourage discussions about the material, explore various genres, and visit the local library or bookstore together. Let reading become a cherished ritual in your household.
By participating in a collective reading campaign, you become an essential partner in the mission to prepare our students for a bright future. Your dedication to nurturing a love for reading within your child is an investment that will pay dividends in their academic and professional pursuits.
Together, as a united community, we can create a generation of lifelong learners who are well-equipped to excel in college and thrive in their chosen careers. Let us embark together on this journey of reading and watch our children’s potential unfold.
In conclusion, this reading campaign is a call to action for all Maine’s families, a recognition of the pivotal role that parents play in shaping the educational landscape of children.As we embark on this journey, let us embrace the power of reading, celebrate our cultural diversity, and create a community where literacy flourishes, and our students are truly prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Thank you for your unwavering support and let us look forward to a year filled with the joys of reading and learning.