Last Updated on September 26, 2015 by Alex Brown-Hinds

11Saturday morning Moreno Valley Superintendent of Schools Judy White awarded Moreno Valley Unified’s 3rd Grade readers in a festive ceremony held at the Moreno Valley Mall. The Reading Festival has become a favorite event for hundreds of Mo Val students and parents. Each reader was called on stage to receive a certificate and a book.

This celebration is extremely important not just for the young readers and their families, but for the community in general. Studies have shown that children who do not read on grade level by 3rd grade face serious consequences: they are 4 times less likely to graduate high school and that same drop-out group is 63 times more likely to be incarcerated than high school grads. Yes, 63. So encourage those young readers you know, it may mean the difference between a productive future and a wasted life.

For those of you who are closer to San Bernardino drop by the Child Care Resource Center on Mill Street. Last week I was fortunate to tour their facility with director James Moses. The CCRC is dedicated to the promotion of higher standards in childcare and early education for children, parents, childcare providers and the community. My favorite space was the reading resource room where parents can read books to their children, participate in story-time, and interact with resource specialists. And the organization’s First Book program provides books to families who otherwise cannot afford them. Visit the CCRC website for more information.

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