Island Encouraged to Participate in Read-A-Thon
Governor Donates Time, Money to Literacy Cause
Immediate Release: February 7, 2011
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is encouraging all Guamanians to participate in this year’s Read-A-Thon activities. Students will be asking for donations this week, as part of the annual literacy drive. Governor Calvo declared this week “Read-A-Thon Week” at a proclamation signing on Saturday.
“Literacy and regular reading opens up a whole new world of possibilities to our children, and provides the foundation of success for all of Guam’s students,” the proclamation reads. “During this period, students and their parents all over the island will commit to spend time reading, learn new stories, and broaden their horizons. What a wonderful way for children to grow, and families to grow closer.”
Last year alone, Guam’s Read-A-Thon raised more than $100,000 for teacher grants, author visits, and books. More than 50 schools, public and private, from preschool to high school, are joining this long-standing effort to promote reading throughout the island.
Governor Calvo and First Lady Christine Calvo donated personal funds to the cause, and will be spending time this week reading with their family. The first family is encouraging all Guamanians to explore the wonders of books during this week, and throughout the year.

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