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Letter To The Editor - Read Across America is coming!

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

To the editor:

Blackduck School in conjunction with the Blackduck Education Association will again be celebrating "Read Across America" on Dr. Seuss's Birthday March 2.

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The students will be served green eggs and ham for breakfast and enjoy a school-wide Drop Everything And Read time in the morning from 10:15-10:35 a.m.

Parents and community members are invited to join in the fun by reading with a child on this special day and, of course, every other day of the year!

With that in mind, I pose a mathematical reading question to you.

Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every week.

Student B reads only four minutes a night... or not at all!

Step #1: Multiply minutes reading per night X five times each week.

(Student A reads 20 minutes X five times a week = 100 minutes/week).

(Student B reads four minutes X five times a week = 20 minutes/week).

Step #2: Multiply minutes reading per week X four weeks each month.

(4 X 100 = Student A reads 400 minutes a month).

(Student B reads 80 minutes a month.)

Step #3: Multiply minutes a month X nine months/school year.

(400 X nine = Student A reads 3,600 minutes in a school year).

(Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year).

Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 average school days a year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only two average school days of reading practice.

By the end of the sixth grade, if Students A and B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

Which student would you expect to read better, write better, know more, and have a better vocabulary?

And this doesn't take into consideration how important it is to read over the summer!

Please help the children in your life by promoting reading in your home!

Jayne Rivard Fenske,

Blackduck School

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