Sen. Jones celebrates ‘March is Reading Month’ with area students

LANSING—Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is celebrating “March is Reading Month” by reading to hundreds of students at local elementary schools throughout mid-Michigan.

In an effort to promote the importance of reading, Jones read to Laingsburg Elementary School students on Thursday and will be visiting schools this month in Vernon, Corunna, Owosso, Grand Ledge and Lansing. On Monday, the senator read to students in St. Johns.

“I encourage parents to join in the effort to help our children succeed through reading,” Jones said. “A simple way parents can help is by picking up a book and reading to their children each night. Reading to children at a young age has been shown to generate an interest in learning, a creative spirit and a confidence in academic ability later in life.”

Jones said that although there is a direct correlation between literacy and success in the workforce, only one-third of all students nationally entering high school are proficient in reading.

“Teaching our children the importance of reading this month – and every month – is vital to preparing our students for success in school and in their career,” Jones said.

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Editor’s Note: The above photo of Jones reading to students is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorRickJones.com. Click on Photowire.