State working toward a “Culture of Reading” in Michigan

State education officials have launched an initiative that will leverage private donations to improve literacy and build a “culture of reading” in Michigan.

Bill DiSessa is a spokesperson with the Michigan Department of Education.

He said the idea of creating a “culture of reading” in the state revolves around giving students and their families books to keep at home that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to acquire.

“Right now, it’s just really unfortunate that families don’t have the means by which to buy books and build their own home libraries,” DiSessa said. “We’re hoping to press upon the generous folks of Michigan out there to see if we can correct this problem as much as possible.”

DiSessa said the Department of Education would like to tie the Culture of Reading program with another similar effort, the Michigan Read Program.

In addition to private donors, the effort will also seek corporate sponsors and grant opportunities.

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