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Literacy month a cue to focus on reading

January 26, 2011
By MICHAEL H. BABCOCK Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

BARAGA - Usually the Baraga Area Schools celebrate reading month in March, but with a science fair, sporting tournament and warmer weather, the district decided this year the celebration was moving to January.

"We typically have done reading month in March, in conjunction with National Reading Month, but there is just so much going on," Elementary School Principal Jennifer Lynn said. "We moved it to mid-winter this year, especially because of the weather, trying to get kids away from screen time."

During the month, a schoolwide effort focuses on literacy, specifically focusing on reading.

"Reading is the foundation for any academic subject," Lynn said. "Social studies, math, science, you really can't do any of that without reading."

That's especially important in elementary school when children are just starting what will be a lifetime of reading.

"We really want to foster a love for reading and for literature," Lynn said.

The highlight of the month-long celebration came Jan. 17 during the district's Family Literacy Night.



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