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Gov. Walker stresses reading during visit to Elmwood

Gov. Walker holding an Elmwood Raider shirt presented to him by Brandi Parker.3 / 6
Gov. Walker talking to third graders on the importance of reading before reading "Oh, the places you'll go" by Dr. Seuss.4 / 6
Gov. Walker showing the students the pages from "Oh, the places you'll go".5 / 6
Gov. Walker talking to Elmwood high school students Friday afternoon. -- Photos by Jason Schulte6 / 6

Minutes before Gov. Scott Walker walked through the library doors Friday, an Elmwood third grader uttered, "I'm freaking out."

The third grader had nothing to worry about as the Governor read "Oh the places you'll go" by Dr. Seuss as part of the "Read to Lead" initiative released this week.

The initiative is a bipartisan effort aimed at improving the reading skills of children before they reach 4th grade.

The Governor explained afterwards studies have shown if students aren't reading at a third grade level when they're in third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of school.

He said he chose Elmwood as his administration wanted to visit schools around the state with different sizes. They were also impressed by Elmwood's scores on state tests and the community's involvement in the school.

Their only request, Elmwood Superintendent Paul Blanford explained, was secrecy. He knew about the meeting last week, but could only tell Mrs. Kado, the third grade teacher, about it yesterday and other staff hours beforehand.

Prior to reading the book, Walker held a meet-and-greet with members of the School Board and Administration. He then met with selected high school students afterwards, held a couple of interviews and left.

As he was leaving school grounds, a group of eight to 10 protestors stood chanting "Recall Walker" and other similar themes.

For more please read the Jan. 11 print version of the Pierce County Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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