FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana’s first lady stopped by the Summit City Wednesday morning to celebrate reading and honor area teachers.
Karen Pence spoke at the inaugural Project Reads Champions for Children’s Education Awards. Teachers were honored by their students and peers at the breakfast at the University of Saint Francis.
As part of urging adults to read to children, First Lady Pence read popular children’s books to the teachers at the breakfast.
“When you read to a child and they get excited about the book. Let’s say you read chapter 2, and then you stop and say we’ll read chapter 3 tomorrow, they want to know what happens next, and so they want to become a better reader so that they can read on their own,” said Pence.
Pence visited students at Adams Central Elementary School in Monroe after the breakfast.
Project Reads offers tutoring and literacy support to children across Allen County. According to it’s Facebook page, the organization “began in 1991 when the agency initiated its mission to improve academic achievement for youth through business, community and education partnerships.”