STATEHOUSE – State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) recently joined volunteers across the Wabash Valley participating in his second year of Real Men Read. Part of United Way of the Wabash Valley’s (UWWVs) Success By 6 program and designed to instill a love of learning, Rep. Morrison read to 20 plus kindergarten students at Lost Creek Elementary School to promote early childhood literacy.
“Kids are impressionable and tend to model their behavior after adults,” said Rep. Morrison. “When they see someone older that really enjoys and gets excited about reading, hopefully, it will encourage them to go home and pick up a book instead of watching TV.”
UWWV brought Success By 6 to the region to help instill a love of learning and promote literacy among preschool and kindergarten students, according to their website. Known as “MENtors” in Real Men Read, numerous men have volunteered their time, reading out loud and handing out books, in order to show firsthand that both men and women value the importance of reading.
According to UWWV’s Success By 6 Committee, kindergarten to third grade is critical to educational success because it is during these years students learn to read; for the remainder of their educational careers students will read to learn. The General Assembly, along with the program, recognizes that the foundations for learning are established during the developmental years of birth to 6 and that children must start school ready to learn.
“Early education is undeniably one of the most important ways to ensure someone’s long-term success,” said Rep. Morrison. “Last session, while we worked hard in the General Assembly to strengthen that foundation, much more work needs to be done. I look forward to continuing to participate in the Real Men Read program as well as support early education policy initiatives this session.”
The following West Central Indiana counties participate in the Real Men Read program: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.