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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Read Aloud To A Child Week

WHEREAS, the practice of reading aloud is an enjoyable way for adults to expose children to the world of language and model the skill of reading; and,  

WHEREAS, reading aloud represents an opportunity to share ideas, values, and traditions, while sharpening the imagination and creating healthy dialogue; and, 

WHEREAS, if children hear words for five minutes daily, that becomes 350,000 words in a year, and children who learn to listen eventually learn to read; and, 

WHEREAS, young children can be read to at any age, even as infants, and will internalize the sounds of words as long as the duration of reading coincides with a child's natural attention span; and, 

WHEREAS, Read Aloud to a Child Week is an annual, national event that emphasizes the importance of reading aloud to children and encourages families to participate in reading together; and, 

WHEREAS, the theme of Read Aloud to Child Week 2022 is "Off on an Adventure!" and encourages children to explore the world around them; and, 

WHEREAS, Read Aloud to Child Week is an opportunity to promote early learning and reading skills with a mission to create a culture of literacy in every home; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 23-29, 2022 as READ ALOUD TO A CHILD WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.