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For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Contact:Nate Mackinnon 781-338-3112

November is Massachusetts Family Literacy Month

MALDEN - In recognition of the importance of reading, Governor Romney has declared November 2006 to be Family Literacy Month.

This year marks the 10TH annual proclamation of a statewide celebration that underscores the importance of strong literacy and numeracy skills that help each family member be successful in school and in life.

Education Commissioner David Driscoll applauded the declaration, noting how important family involvement is encouraging students to succeed in school.

"We know that students do better in school when they are engaging in reading, writing, math, and other learning activities with their families," he said. "Family involvement and regular communication between teachers and parents both play a significant role in a child's motivation and ability to succeed."

Family Literacy Month provides an opportunity for parents to support their children’s education and to engage community partners in organizing a variety of family-centered events.

Community groups such as schools, libraries, adult literacy programs, parent support programs, social service agencies, businesses, and other community partnerships are conducting celebratory events across the state during this special month.

In Worcester, the city's Public Library is holding a citywide family literacy celebration for children ages 3 through elementary school and their parents on November 18th. Similarly, children and their families in Cambridge can attend a family literacy celebration at Cambridge City Hall on November 4 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Events are also planned in at least 8 different communities to help celebrate and encourage family literacy.

The Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC) and its member agencies sponsor Family Literacy Month each year.

The MFLC is a statewide partnership of 13 state agencies including the Department of Education, statewide and community organizations, parents, and other interested parties working to integrate and coordinate family literacy and family support for at risk families. Its members provide education, health, employment, and human services and work toward the common purpose of helping families achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

For a listing of selected events, visit: www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/.



Last Updated: November 2, 2006
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