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July 11, 2013

Reading builds strong communities

WASHINGTON —

Reading has many benefits – everything from expanding horizons to increasing vocabulary.
Reading also builds stronger communities – full of job creators, innovators and leaders. It is not just teachers talking about how important it is to read, but even people outside of school will agree on the need to be a good reader.
This year we started a reading program to challenge 2nd District students to read as many books as they can in the summer. 
Our program ends July 31. I urge every parent in the 2nd District to enroll your children in not only the District 2 Reading Program but also the reading programs at local public libraries. 
How does reading make our communities stronger? I’ve asked people from around District 2 to weigh in on the way reading benefits the entire community.
The first woman mayor of the City of Eufaula knows the importance of encouraging children to read - they become the leaders of tomorrow
“As a child, we didn’t have cable or internet, but I would travel the world and have many adventures through reading,” says the first woman mayor of the City of Eufaula, Selina Jayne-Dornan. “Reading encouraged the creative juices and as an adult helped keep my mind focused on the ambition of living those adventures.”
Margo Stewart, owner of the Pink House Restaurant in Claremore said reading has been fundamental in her success. 
“If I hadn’t been able to learn to read, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Stewart reflected. 
OG&E Community Affairs Manager and Marshall County Chamber of Commerce President Robert Holliday said readers can make discoveries.
“Reading is a great way to discover the wonders of the world,” Holliday said.
Area coaches and athletes know the power of reading.
“Working to perfect good reading skills is the most important thing we can do to develop good thinking,” said Randy Gipson, head women’s basketball coach at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. “Reading is to our mind what physical fitness training is to our bodies.”

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