(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. is making sure that students in his district are ahead of the curve when it comes to literacy. The commissioner has launched the "Reading for Life" initiative, encouraging residents to read to their children on a regular basis. Commissioner Bovo himself will be touring the elementary schools located in his district throughout the month of September and personally read stories to students from kindergarten to third grade.
According to international non-profit ProLiteracy, 30 million Americans over age 16 do not read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application. Illiteracy has also been linked to various socio-economic issues, leading to a greater likelihood of committing a crime, being incarcerated, non-productivity in the workforce, loss of tax revenue due to unemployment, and more health risks due to not being able to understand medical information.
"Reading at a young age is paramount to a child's success during their formative years in school and the rest of their lives," said Commissioner Bovo. "It's an honor for me to teach the students throughout my district that reading will not only help them as they get older, but can be a great activity to expand their imaginations."
For more information on the schools Commissioner Bovo will be visiting, please contact his office at 305-375-4831.
Schedule of "Reading for Life" Events:
DATE TIME LOCATION ADDRESS:
9/13/11 8:15 a.m. Palm Springs North Elementary 17615 NW 82nd Avenue
9/19/11 8:00 a.m. Meadowlane Elementary 4280 West 8th Avenue
9/27/11 9:00 a.m. Palm Springs Elementary 6304 East 1st Avenue
9/29/11 6:00 p.m. Miami-Dade College 1800 W. 40th Street
More events to follow throughout the entire month of September.