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Read on

Over the past week, the Craig Daily Press and the Moffat County School District celebrated Read Across America Week and Newspapers in Education Week through a variety of events.

These events included students eating green eggs and ham to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and dressing up in favorite hats, pajamas, socks and T-shirts and participating in a writing contest sponsored by the Craig Daily Press based on the theme of “Why do I enjoy reading.”

The entries poured in stack after stack from area schools, showing the passion students have for reading and the passion our teachers have for making sure these students are literate.

While the choice of words from the cross section of grades was obviously different, the recurring ideas that came across were the same: The enjoyment of reading, the ties created through reading that can keep a family closer together and the essential part reading plays in building better lives, character and education.

But this passion should not be curbed simply because the week is over.

It should be a continuing commitment of this community to make sure literacy is promoted, not only in its student population, but for those in our adult population who might be challenged.

The ability to read is a gift that can be given with a simple investment of time, patience and a short trip to the public library.

The dividend that investment pays off, however, is priceless.

We at the Craig Daily Press will continue to promote literacy. As a printed publication, one might say we have a vested interest in making sure we have plenty of readers, but we see our vested interest from the standpoint of a community newspaper and the role we play in making our community better.

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