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