COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 194

August 22, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Read for the Record, October 2, 2008

 

The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, encourages all parents, teachers, and caregivers to join them in celebrating Read for the Record, October 2, 2008. Read for the Record is a national campaign designed to encourage hundreds of thousands of children and adults to read the same book on the same day, October 2, 2008.

 

The ability to read is the foundation of literacy and is the single most important activity for building knowledge for personal success; therefore, persons in school divisions in the Commonwealth are urged to set aside time to read to a child. It is my hope that reading to a child will provide a reading role model, and that it will help motivate all children to develop a passion for reading, a love for books, and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

 

The Read for the Record website can be accessed at http://www.readfortherecord.org. On this website you can register to read to a child, obtain information on the selected book, and find out ways you can share your involvement with friends, family, and your community.

 

Further information may be obtained from Ginna Glover, specialist for reading and English, via e-mail at Ginna.Glover@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 786-1997.

 

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