To the editor:

I applaud Columbia County, Columbia Opportunities Inc. and the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Early Literacy and Learning Network for teaming up to launch a new literacy campaign to provide books to more than 500 Columbia County children before they enter school.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” This program holds great promise to help local families prepare their children for the future. After all, reading is a critical life skill that starts at home and is vital to success in school.

I encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity as well as other available resources, including our local public libraries. Books and libraries provide more than just access to information; they also provide access to lifelong learning and opportunities.

Whether reading for education or pleasure, students will gain access to new ideas and information, some of which may challenge their thinking or perspective. This is why we still need books — in the hands and hearts of our youngest learners — so that they can continue to discover and grow, no matter their background or interests.

Dr. Gladys I. Cruz

District Superintendent

Questar III BOCES

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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