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Your Turn: Read with your children every day

By: Collyn Gaffney

Friday, March 1, is NEA's Read Across America Day in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday.

For one day, parents and teachers are asked to join together and celebrate Literacy by reading with children. Unfortunately, one day is just not enough.

Teachers influence your child only six hours a day for less than half a year. Your influence is much greater. Parents need to spend at least 15 minutes every day, every year, reading with their child and it needs to begin long before kids enter school.

Did you know:

  • Children without some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three-to-four times more likely to drop out.

  • 90 percent of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.

  • 85 percent of kids in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

  • On average, we watch four hours of TV each day. Yet, less than half of our children read with an adult daily.

Here's some good news:

For every year you read with your child, their average lifetime earnings increase by almost fifty thousand dollars. That's a two hundred fifty thousand dollar gift to your child before they enter kindergarten!

To quote Doctor Seuss: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

That's my turn. Now it's YOUR turn. Find your fifteen minutes today!

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