Thursday, November 1, 2012: Literacy Day

WHEREAS, literacy, in all its forms, is the bedrock skill of a 21st century society; to be successful in school or the workplace, people of all ages need to be able to process written information in various formats such as books, magazines and websites; and,


WHEREAS, citizens may volunteer or participate in child, family or adult literacy programs at their public libraries, or work with schools, literacy councils and other organizations to expand their literacy skills; and,


WHEREAS, when children become proficient readers early on, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Daughters of the American Revolution of Michigan, Michigan Department of Education, Library of Michigan, and public libraries and schools in the Great Lakes State to raise awareness of the importance of developing and improving literacy skills;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 1, 2012 as Literacy Day in Michigan.