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WHEREAS, Read Aloud to a Child Week is a national, annual event that emphasizes the importance of reading aloud to children and encourages families to participate in reading together; and
WHEREAS, the practice of reading aloud is an enjoyable way for adults to expose children to the world of language and to 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 over 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, the theme for Read Aloud to a Child Week 2021 is “Gratitude”, and encourages children to define what gratitude means to them and to explore what it means to be grateful; and
WHEREAS, Read Aloud to a Child Week is an opportunity to promote early learning and reading skills, with a mission to create a culture of literacy in every home; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 24-30, 2021, as READ ALOUD TO A CHILD WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.