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Second Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R98­0724.01 CUB


BY REPRESENTATIVES S. Williams, Reeser, Adkins, K. Alexander, Arrington, Bacon, G. Berry, Chavez, Clarke, Dean, Dyer, Entz, Faatz, George, Gordon, Gotlieb, Grampsas, Grossman, Hagedorn, Hefley, June, Kaufman, Keller, Kreutz, Leyba, Mace, McPherson, Miller, Morrison, Musgrave, Nichol, Pankey, Paschall, Pfiffner, Romero, Saliman, Schauer, Smith, Snyder, Spradley, Swenson, Takis, Tate, Taylor, Tool, Tucker, Tupa, Udall, Veiga, T. Williams, Young, and Zimmerman;

also SENATOR Hopper.


WHEREAS, The citizens of the state of Colorado stand firmly committed to promoting reading as the catalyst for our children's future academic success, their preparation for America's jobs, and the ability to compete in a global economy; and

WHEREAS, The state of Colorado has been a leader in the area of community involvement in the education of our youth, grounded in the principle that educational investment is key to the state's well­being; and

WHEREAS, Research shows that students who read outside of school do better in school and that family involvement is an important part of developing strong reading skills in children; and

WHEREAS, "Read Across America", a national celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, 1998, promotes reading and adult involvement in the education of our state's children; and

WHEREAS, Thousands of businesses, community and education groups, schools, and individuals across the country have pledged their participation in this national celebration of reading; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That we, the members of the Colorado General Assembly, do hereby call on the citizens of the state of Colorado to assure that every child is in a safe place reading with a caring adult on the evening of March 2, 1998;

Be It Further Resolved, That the General Assembly enthusiastically endorses "Read Across America" and recommits this state to engage in programs and activities to continue to support the ongoing efforts to make Colorado's children among the best readers in the country.