Sen. Proos celebrates March is Reading Month with Southwest Michigan children

LANSING—Sen. John Proos kicked off “March is Reading Month” on Monday by reading to 100 fourth-graders at Howard-Ellis Elementary School in Niles.

“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,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It also provides an opportunity for families to communicate and bond with one another.”

Proos 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.

In an effort to promote the importance of reading, Proos will be reading to hundreds of students at local elementary schools throughout Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.

He also will be delivering copies of A Pirate’s Quest, a book by Laura and Robert Sams, a brother-sister creative team from Michigan. Proos encouraged kids to utilize their local libraries and all of the helpful services they can provide.


Editor’s Note – A photo of Proos reading to students is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Proos’ website at: Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.