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The Word from Your Kid's Future Boss: Read

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -Not only your child's teachers, your child's future employer is stressing how important it is to learn how to read.

Community organizations and private companies Thursday turned out for the annual Read to Lead Breakfast to support the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.

Dianna Veleke, principal at Clara Brownell Middle School in Hermiston, says employers in the audience are demanding better reading skills from their employees.

"Students need a variety of reading skills, critical thinking skills to be able to read at those kind of levels we call college and career ready for our world out there."

Veleke says research shows children need to be strong readers by the third grade.

During the breakfast, The Reading Foundation presented its annual Literacy Champion Award to Carol Berry, a longtime librarian in the Tri-Cities, a board member for the Mid-Columbia Young Authors, formed the Literacy Connection, and founding member of Lit Fest.