Read Across America Day, 2009, 9741-9742 [E9-4822]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 42 / Thursday, March 5, 2009 / Presidential Documents 9741 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8349 of February 27, 2009 Read Across America Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Read Across America Day provides an opportunity to support efforts to excite children about reading and to educate families about the importance of literacy. I encourage families and all citizens to celebrate the joy and emphasize the importance of reading. Every American child deserves the opportunity to solve the puzzles of mystery novels, to discover the beauty of poetry, to imagine the fantastical worlds of science fiction, and to explore their own world through books about nature and foreign lands. Reading provides unending enjoyment and helps unlock a child’s creative potential. We must make literacy the birthright of every American. Every child also deserves the tools they will need for success. Students must read well to meet high standards in the classroom. Understanding science, mathematics, and the arts requires the ability to read proficiently. Beyond the schoolyard, our youth must be prepared to meet the demands of the global economy. New technologies and steep competition abroad require our Nation to focus on children’s reading skills as a building block for future personal achievements. Families must play an active role in this effort. On Read Across America Day, parents are encouraged to read to their children for at least 30 minutes. I also encourage parents to recognize the critical importance of literacy for their children’s future and to develop habits at home that encourage reading, such as reading to their children every night or providing incentives for them to read on their own. rmajette on PRODPC74 with MISC3 On Read Across America Day, we partner with the National Education Association and mark the birthday of Theodor Geisel, whose beloved Dr. Seuss books still inspire children throughout the world to read. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:13 Mar 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MRD3.SGM 05MRD3 9742 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 42 / Thursday, March 5, 2009 / Presidential Documents NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2009, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families, educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtythird. [FR Doc. E9–4822 Filed 3–4–09; 8:45 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:13 Mar 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MRD3.SGM 05MRD3 OB#1.EPS</GPH> rmajette on PRODPC74 with MISC3 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 42 (Thursday, March 5, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 9741-9742]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-4822]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 42 / Thursday, March 5, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8349 of February 27, 2009

                
Read Across America Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Read Across America Day provides an opportunity to 
                support efforts to excite children about reading and to 
                educate families about the importance of literacy. I 
                encourage families and all citizens to celebrate the 
                joy and emphasize the importance of reading.

                 Every American child deserves the opportunity to solve 
                the puzzles of mystery novels, to discover the beauty 
                of poetry, to imagine the fantastical worlds of science 
                fiction, and to explore their own world through books 
                about nature and foreign lands. Reading provides 
                unending enjoyment and helps unlock a child's creative 
                potential. We must make literacy the birthright of 
                every American.

                Every child also deserves the tools they will need for 
                success. Students must read well to meet high standards 
                in the classroom. Understanding science, mathematics, 
                and the arts requires the ability to read proficiently. 
                Beyond the schoolyard, our youth must be prepared to 
                meet the demands of the global economy. New 
                technologies and steep competition abroad require our 
                Nation to focus on children's reading skills as a 
                building block for future personal achievements.

                 Families must play an active role in this effort. On 
                Read Across America Day, parents are encouraged to read 
                to their children for at least 30 minutes. I also 
                encourage parents to recognize the critical importance 
                of literacy for their children's future and to develop 
                habits at home that encourage reading, such as reading 
                to their children every night or providing incentives 
                for them to read on their own.

                 On Read Across America Day, we partner with the 
                National Education Association and mark the birthday of 
                Theodor Geisel, whose beloved Dr. Seuss books still 
                inspire children throughout the world to read.

[[Page 9742]]

                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2009, as Read 
                Across America Day. I call upon children, families, 
                educators, librarians, public officials, and all the 
                people of the United States to observe this day with 
                appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                third.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-4822
Filed 3-4-09; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P