(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Students at Spanish Lake Elementary will have a special guest on Monday, September 19, 2011 - Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.! The commissioner is promoting his "Reading for Life" campaign at the school, by advocating the importance of literacy and reading every day among students and their families. Commissioner Bovo will be reading to Spanish Lake's first graders from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Spanish Lake is located at 7940 NW 194th Street in North Dade.
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. His visit is the first time an elected official has reached out to the school during its five-year history.
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.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Spanish Lake's administrators to emphasize how important reading is to their students," said Commissioner Bovo.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Bovo's office at 305-375-4831.