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Welcoming the Literacy Initiative

Dave Lawrence of The Children’s Movement of Florida welcomes the early literacy initiative movement expected in the coming months.

“Dear Editor,

I promise you that one of the great joys of being a grandfather is watching children learn to read. Upon just that — helping every child become a real reader — rests the very future of community and country.

In advance of a major Movement early literacy initiative to be announced in the months to come, Carol Jenkins Barnett, the vice chair of The Movement; Mo Abety-Gutierrez from The Children’s Trust, and I and many others traveled to Bonita Springs to participate in the 12th annual Celebration of Reading. That’s the gathering hosted by former Governor Jeb Bush; he and his sister Dorothy Bush Koch now lead the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

The day included an insightful policy discussion on family literacy featuring Sharon Darling from the National Center for Family Literacy; Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform, and Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. I especially remember Gov. Bush saying, ‘A high-quality pre-K program really matters.’ Amen.

Everywhere I turn these days, people are getting the message of early learning and growing readers. It is encouraging.”

Dave Lawrence
Chair
The Children’s Movement of Florida

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