National Reading day with FWB&T

National Reading Day

Today is National Reading Day in the U.S. Before you curl up with your favorite magazine or a new book, remember how you learned to read and consider paying it forward to a young reader. National Reading Day aims to help Pre-K through third grade students develop the literacy skills they need to become lifelong learners. United Way and other nonprofit groups, schools, libraries, parents and volunteers participate in a variety of activities with younger readers on National Reading Day.

The Souris Valley United Way celebrates National Reading Day with their Campaign Chair, Brenda Foster, President of First Western Bank and Trust. SVUW will be donating Golden Rule books that they received through the Barnes and Noble Book Holiday Book Drive to children at Head Start.

“Early reading skills are so important,” says Brenda Foster, President of First Western Bank and Trust and to 2016- 2017 Campaign “It provides opportunities for children to succeed in school and later in life.”

Children who start to develop strong reading skills when they are young are more likely to achieve success during their school years and throughout their adult life. The more that young children are read to, the greater their interest in mastering reading. Many young children do not have the opportunity to benefit from being able to read a book with a caring adult and at the end of third grade are still struggling to learn to read when they should be reading to learn. Early grade reading is directly linked to high school graduation rates.

“By donating a book, volunteering to read with children or otherwise supporting early-grade literacy, you can foster a child’s love of reading and impact his or her life immediately and for their lifetime,” say Danielle Rued, Campaign Coordinator.


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