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Reading is fundamental

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Good morning asset builders. This week, we need your help in raising the asset category of reading for pleasure.
Our most recent data point for this asset is that 32 percent of local students feel like they spend a certain amount of time reading or listening to books outside of school for pleasure.
One way I know we can increase this asset across the board is to give books as gifts. You can take it to the extreme by giving the book you enjoy the most.
Oprah interviewed comedian Jon Stewart on her show the other day. They talked about his most recent book, “A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race,” which she had already decided to give as gifts this holiday season. Give the gift of reading, has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree?
You can help build this asset and help our schools by purchasing books from school book fairs. I know this is viewed as mostly an elementary opportunity, but when possible, try to buy books to help local elementary schools.
You don’t even need to have a student that goes to the school. Often, the libraries offer some late afternoon or early evening hours that are open to the community.


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