(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The next stop on Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.'s "Reading for Life" campaign is Palm Springs Elementary School. On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Commissioner Bovo will be reading to the school's Kindergarten class to promote the importance of literacy and reading every day among students and their families. The event will take place at 9 a.m. at 6304 East 1st Avenue in Hialeah.
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. The commissioner kicked off the campaign at Spanish Lake Elementary earlier this month.
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.
"The teachers of Palm Springs Elementary do a fantastic job of teaching their students the importance of reading, so I want to make sure I instill the same passion for learning in the kids as they do," said Commissioner Bovo.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Bovo's office at 305-375-4831.