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March 2024: Reading Month

WHEREAS, in honor of the birthday of one of America's most admired authors and illustrators, Theodor Seuss (Dr. Seuss) Geisel, March is celebrated as Reading Month to celebrate and promote the joys and the importance of reading across our state and nation; and,

WHEREAS, reading plays a crucial role in our lives, stimulating our imaginations, expanding our knowledge of the world and each other, and helping us develop essential language skills; and,

WHEREAS, reading is associated with early childhood learning and development, as it helps children to learn sounds, words, and language, expand literacy skills, and develop the ability to focus, concentrate, socialize, and communicate; and,

WHEREAS, reading has long-lasting health benefits for individuals of all ages, including increased cognitive function, memory, empathy, and decreased levels of stress; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we encourage each other to read every day, spend ample time reading our favorite books, and recommit ourselves to making sure children and young adults read diverse literary works early and often so they can see themselves and others in what they read;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2024 as Reading Month in Michigan. As Dr. Seuss said, "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go."