Building on the energy of the One Book 4 Colorado launch yesterday, Colorado Literacy Week 2013 brought major excitement to the State Capitol and was followed by a lot of welcome noise to the Belmar Library in Lakewood.
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia opened a standing room only gathering under the gold dome to introduce Gov. John Hickenlooper and make the case once more for why early literacy must be one of the state’s top priorities.
“The very health of Colorado depends on teaching our children to read,” said Garcia. “Not just physical health, but the economic vibrancy and the quality of each of our lives hinges on how well we as a state support and facilitate early literacy.”
The Governor signed into law HB13-1117 – Alignment of Child Development Programs. This legislation brings together disparate government programs under one Office of Early Childhood in a way that offers a comprehensive approach to the total health of young children in Colorado.
Participating in the signing were members of the state legislature instrumental in the bill’s passage, and community leaders from across the state who are making a true investment in literacy, not just of money, but of time, energy and commitment, as well.
That spirit of commitment carried over to an afternoon event at the Jefferson County Belmar Public Library in Lakewood. There Garcia joined leaders of the Colorado State Library and Jefferson County Library system to celebrate the launch of this year’s Summer Reading program, “Beneath the Surface”. The program looks at creative ways to engage kids in counteracting the “summer slide” – which can sometimes occur when students put down the books for summer vacation.
Library and school leaders presented an award to winners of a PSA video contest, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, designed to promote literacy and reading. Garcia announced today that Drew Hastings and Denny Richardson from Warren Tech High School took top honors. Catch their video on the Colorado State Library YouTube channel.
“This is what’s really inspiring,” Garcia said. “To see teenagers not just loving to read, but working to share that love of reading with others. If we raise the bar and create strong expectations, our children and communities will respond.”
Tuesday certainly raised the bar for Colorado Literacy Week 2013
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