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Raimondo Recognizes Reading Week

Promotes Childhood Literacy as Part of Third Grade Reading Challenge

PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued a proclamation today declaring the week of April 9-13 as Reading Week 2018 in Rhode Island. While schools across the state celebrate Reading Week at different times throughout the spring, the governor and members of her Cabinet will visit schools next week to read to students and talk about the importance of literacy.

In her proclamation, Raimondo highlights the Third Grade Reading Challenge, an ambitious plan she launched in September 2016 to double the number of students reading proficiently by third grade by the year 2025. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a crucial indicator in a child's development and future academic success.

"When we empower students to become fluent, joyful readers by the third grade, we set them on a path for success in school and in life," said Raimondo. "I issued this challenge and reconvened the Rhode Island Children's Cabinet because I recognize that early literacy is absolutely essential to the academic achievement of all students and is a key factor in our collective economic success."

The governor will visit Blackrock Elementary School in Coventry next Wednesday as part of this Reading Week celebration. She will participate in a school-wide parade at 10:00 a.m., and then read to a fourth grade class immediately afterward.

Monday, April 9 10:00 a.m. Amy Grzybowski, Director, Westerly Education Center Dunn's Corner Elementary School 8 Plateau Road, Westerly

10:30 a.m. Laura Salamano, Chief Marketing Officer Orlo Avenue School 25 Orlo Avenue, East Providence

1:00 p.m. Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Leviton Dual Language School 65 Greenwich Street, Providence

1:00 p.m. Stefan Pryor, Commerce Secretary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School 35 Camp Street, Providence

1:30 p.m. Janet Coit, Director, DEM Pocasset Elementary School 242 Main Road, Tiverton

Tuesday, April 10 11:00 a.m. Courtney Hawkins, Director, DHS Orlo Avenue School 25 Orlo Avenue, East Providence

Wednesday, April 11 9:15 a.m. EOHHS Secretary Eric Beane and Veterans Director Kasim Yarn Asa Messer Elementary School 1655 Westminster Street, Providence

10:00 a.m. Governor Gina Raimondo Blackrock Elementary School 12 LaCasa Drive, Coventry

Thursday, April 12 9:15 a.m. Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Health Director Highlander Charter School 42 Lexington Avenue, Providence

10:30 a.m. Dr. Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Stony Lane Elementary School 825 Stony Lane, North Kingstown

Friday, April 13 8:00 a.m. Kasim Yarn, Veterans Director Westerly Middle School 10 Sandy Hill Road, Westerly

9:30 a.m. Rebecca Boss, Director, BHDDH Fogarty Memorial School 736 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate

Governor Raimondo's Reading Week proclamation can be viewed at the link provided below.

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