By Patricia Villers
ANSONIA — Reading is one of the most important skills a child can develop. Not being proficient in reading can pose major challenges as a child progresses through school.
That’s why for the fourth consecutive year, the Valley’s Early Childhood Task Force hosted Monday’s Read Across America, said task force chairwoman Pamela Lorenzo.
More than 50 people attended a breakfast kickoff at John J. Sullivan’s Restaurant.
She said it was the second year the Valley Community Foundation had sponsored the breakfast and the purchase of books that 33 people, including state and local officials, were scheduled to read to students in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton.
Lorenzo is program manager/supervisor at the Nurturing Families Network in New Haven.
She said although it was mid-April, “We’re technically celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday,” which is March 2. “We can’t forget him,” she said of the late children’s author’s impact on reading. Seuss was born in 1904 and died in 1991.
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