COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 175
September 17, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day: Read Aloud to Your Child Week


Governor Jim Gilmore has recognized October 24-30, 1999, as 
"The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day: Read Aloud to 
Your Child Week" in support of the concept that reading 
aloud creates a passion for reading that lasts a lifetime.  
One of the events being held that week is a workshop 
presented by Jim Trelease, entitled "Turning on the Turned-
Off Reader."  The workshop will be held at the Landmark 
Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, on October 26, 1999, from 8:30 
am to 3 pm.  A nationally-acclaimed author and parent, Jim 
Trelease combines personal experiences and research with a 
dynamic delivery to explain the process of turning kids on 
to reading.  

If you wish additional information regarding the workshop 
and the events of the week, please contact Pat Mueller at 
1-800-336-5266, at the Library of Virginia.

PDS/JLD/jj