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President of Franklin Pierce University Reads to First Graders at Local Elementary School

October 4, 2012

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Dr. James Birge, president of Franklin Pierce University, participated in the national Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign on October 4 by reading to children at the Dublin Consolidated School. Read for the Record is part of a national effort to close the early education achievement gap by demonstrating to students the importance of reading; studies show that a child growing up surrounded by books has a greater chance of attending college as an adult.

The Read for the Record campaign encouraged presidents of colleges and universities across the country to read the same book on the same day to young children, who would then get to take the book home as well. The selected book was The New York Times bestselling children’s book, Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Dr. Birge read to the first grade class at the Dublin elementary school, an attentive group of children who eagerly told him all of their favorite parts of the story after he had finished reading it. Then, each student was presented with their own copy of the book by Dr. Birge.

“I love reading to children,” Dr. Birge remarked, “and I miss reading to my own kids! I am grateful I was given the opportunity to read to these first graders. One of the reasons I have an undergraduate degree in early childhood is because I believe in the importance of being an early reader, and I wanted to be able to influence children in that respect.”




                 An education that matters.

Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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