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Senator Mike Shirkey

March is Reading Month:

March is celebrated as National Reading Month as a time to encourage children of all ages to pick up a book and read.

Each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Teachers will design contests, family literacy events, and even pajama and pillow days to provide cozy mornings of uninterrupted reading.

Reading is vital to a successful education and lays the foundation to a rewarding future. Learning to read at a young age has been shown to increase a student’s ability to remember facts, comprehend information and be successful in both school and his or her career.

Classroom Visit

Senator Shirkey spent some time sharing one of his favorite short stories with students at Lyle A. Torrant Center in Jackson on Monday, March 20, as part of March is Reading Month.

Highlight of Schools in the District Participating in March is Reading Month

East Jackson Elementary (Jackson, MI): Students are keeping reading logs, classrooms are having mystery readers, Accelerated Reader Points program where the top earners for each grade will be paired as reading buddies with some high school basketball players, and reading minute challenges with students and staff. The school is also having Muffins with Moms and Donuts with Dads events with breakfast and a free book to students who attend.

- Theme: Read Around Michigan. Classrooms will be sharing facts about different destinations in Michigan.

Columbia Upper Elementary (Brooklyn, MI): Each day students are invited to show their support of reading month!  Examples are: "Be a JEAN-ious" (wear jeans to school) and "Reading is no SWEAT" (wear sweats to school).  The school has a school-wide goal of 4,000 Accelerated Reader points!  The school will also celebrate the month by hosting authors Darrin & Karen Brege, having student & teacher beach relays, and by bowling at the local "Brooklyn Lanes."

- Theme: Salt in the air, wind in the air, toes in the sand, reading is GRAND!

Legg Middle School (Coldwater, MI): The school is having a March Madness bracket of favorite books. Students will vote with change for their favorite books and the winning books will advance through the bracket to a "Sweet Sixteen", "Great Eight", and "Final Four".  The winning book will be highlighted in their school library and the money earned will go toward purchasing more books for the school.  The school will also have weekly contests for students who are reading books, spirit dress up days, trivia, and weekly prizes.

- Theme: Camping.

Hanover-Horton Elementary (Hanover, MI): The school has drawn a roller coaster on their cafeteria wall along with a Ferris Wheel.  At the end of the month, if the students can fill the wagon that's hooked behind a small pedal tractor with tickets for the various minutes of reading that they did, the principal will have to ride a mechanical bull right before the school goes on spring break. Additionally, the school has created a calendar for the month of March where there is an activity listed for every day of the month.

- Theme: HH Reading Fair.

Jennings Elementary School (Quincy, MI): Students are submitting persuasive writing pieces to the support the need for new books in the room.  Through our Title one program, one student's writing will be selected, with that student's classroom receiving one book per student.  Community Guest Readers - In conjunction with the United Way, March 8th, guest readers "swoop" into every classroom for a read aloud. Many local business folks are represented.

- Theme: Save the local historic Library

Classroom Visit in Bronson

Senator Shirkey shared "A Pirate's Quest," written by Laura Sams and Robert Sams, with Mrs. Whitney's first-grade class at Anderson Elementary School in Bronson. We would like this newsletter to remind your family to spend some time reading together. Your kids can do just about anything if they learn how to read.

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Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey


Senator Mike Shirkey
201 Townsend Street, Suite #5300
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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