Secretary of State reads to Pontiac schoolchildren

MARCH 2, 2011Logo NEA's Read Across America

Johnson visits Jefferson Whittier Elementary as part of National Reading Month

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today shared a very special book in a visit with students from Jefferson Whittier Elementary School in Pontiac as part of National Reading Month.

Johnson read from her own beloved copy of "A Fish Out of Water" to second-grade students at the school. Johnson's grandmother gave it to her as a gift when she was six years old. The book was written by Helen Palmer, the wife of the famous "Dr. Seuss" Theodore Geisel.

Johnson also stopped by schools in Burton and Canton to stress the importance of having strong reading skills to children. During the day's events, she was asked if she "runs Michigan," if she worked in Washington, D.C., if she had pets and how she stops people "from cheating in elections."

Photos of Johnson's school visits will be posted on the department's website at http// and on its Facebook site at


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