commend you for taking a leadership role
in supporting the America Reads Challenge.
By joining the President's Coalition for
the America Reads Challenge, you have made
a commitment to the future of our nation
and its success in the 21st century. We
should all be concerned that more than 40
percent of our nation's fourth grade students
read at or below grade level. Your willingness
to commit your time and resources to ensure
that every child reads well and independently
by the end of third grade is a testimony
to the importance you place on creating
a literate society.
are few greater gifts we can give than to
open the world to a child through reading.
I encourage you to remain diligent in your
support of the America Reads Challenge and
to share your enthusiasm with others so
they might join in helping us reach the
program's goal. Together we can create a
nation of readers that will ensure a more
prosperous and secure future for all Americans.
Thank you again for your support of the
America Reads Challenge.