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Informational Letter #:  73

Policy Code:  IHAA



TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and Elementary Principals


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             May 16, 2001


RE:                   Read With Me Initiative Letter From Mary Herman


Principals in your district should have received a letter from Mary Herman, Chair of the Maine Family Literacy Task Force this week.  It will announce that the Maine Family Literacy Task Force has been awarded a major grant from the Verizon Foundation.  This grant will enable the Task Force to provide books to each Maine child entering kindergarten this fall.


The Read With Me Initiative encourages parents to read with their children every day.  Each child will receive a carry bag with three books by Maine authors, a bookmark with reading hints for parents, a suggested reading list and other resources. To participate in this program principals need to send back the card enclosed with the letter by June 8.  I hope that all of you encourage them to do so.


            Schools that participated last year also received a video from Maine Public Broadcasting demonstrating effective models for reading with children.  Schools that are new Read to Me partners in 2001 will receive the video this year.  Additional copies of the video are available through the Maine State Library distribution service (287- 5620).


            Questions regarding this initiative can be directed to Patrick O’Shea at (207) 624-6705.