The first of several Legislative Read Days, sponsored by the Potts Family Foundation (PFF), will take place Tuesday, October 23rd at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa Avenue. Rep. Cyndi Munson will read to the children during the regularly scheduled story time from 9:50 – 10:45 a.m.
The Foundation’s motivation in hosting these events is to give visibility to its focus on early literacy and numeracy and its importance in building the foundation for school success. “We also hope to influence the state legislature to support the evidence-based literacy/numeracy programs currently operating in Oklahoma,” said Pat Potts, co-founder.
There will also be a short presentation highlighting statewide successes through the Foundation’s Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition and will feature representatives from these key partners. The Coalition’s focus is on promoting the proven connection between early childhood investment and economic growth of Oklahoma’s workforce. It consists of over 60 Allied Organizations, 40+ members in our Legislative Caucus (of which Rep. Munson is an in-coming co-chair), the Metropolitan Library System and community leaders with a goal of moving Oklahoma to be among the top 25 states, by 2025, in selected early childhood metrics.
“The Metropolitan Library System is excited to participate in Legislative Reads Day to highlight the importance of reading to children from birth,” Belle Isle Library Engagement Manager Annie Emmons said. “Research clearly shows that reading, speaking and singing to children supports brain development and future success.”
PFF is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Library System and Rep. Munson in this event. "Investing in early childhood education means investing in our future,” said Rep. Munson. “If we want to have a strong economy, we must understand that heavy investment in our children starting from birth to third grade is the smart thing to do to see positive outcomes in education, health, and employment. Early literacy is vital to helping children enjoy reading and commit to academic success. I am so excited to participate in the Legislative Read event at my local library to share my love of reading and encourage children in my district to read for fun and for learning.”
Additional Legislative Read Days are scheduled for Sapulpa, OKC Capitol Hill and Edmond later this fall.
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