March 24, 2012

MISS AMERICA 2012 LAURA KAEPPELER, WISCONSIN GOVERNOR WALKER, AND STATE AGENCIES PROMOTE READ TO LEAD PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES OF INCARCERATED PARENTS


“Book Bridge” Program Will Connect Inmate Fathers With Their Children As Part of Statewide Literacy Effort

Governor Walker and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler joined the state Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) today in Racine to promote reading among prison inmates and strengthen the bond between incarcerated fathers and their children.

Governor Walker announced a pilot “Book Bridge” Program will begin this summer at Racine Youth Offender Correctional Facility in Racine as part of the statewide Read to Lead initiative aimed at increasing reading proficiency in schools and improving literacy rates across Wisconsin.

“Our bipartisan, public-private Read to Lead effort is all about getting kids to read more and read better so we can expand reading success at our schools as well as at home,” Governor Walker said. “The Book Bridge Program is a perfect example of how community leaders and agencies can work together to make sure reading is a fundamental and integral part of every family – no matter what their circumstances are.”


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