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NR Reads program hopes to boost literacy

If New Richmond Superintendent Jeff Moberg was to make a New Year’s resolution, one of the top things he would set forth to do this year would be to communicate to the community how important literacy is to succeed in school and life as a whole.

In an effort to increase the community’s awareness of the importance of literacy, Moberg and a group of like-minded community members decided to start the NR Reads community reading program.

“There is such a strong link between literacy skills and school success that we wanted to broaden our efforts to support these skills in students,” Moberg said. “Right now, we are in the initial planning stages.”

The idea for the community reading program came from a group of staff members who were looking for a way to enhance reading opportunities for students, Moberg said.

“The goal is to increase awareness community-wide of the importance of literacy to succeed in school as well as provide opportunities and resources for kids, parents and community members,” Moberg said. “We wanted to create a vehicle where we can all share and support the successful reading in our youth. Throughout the whole process, we have had teachers, administration, community volunteers and representatives from the library, Westfields and the Centre involved in the planning of the NR Reading program.”

The program will initially focus on students from kindergarten to 12th grade, but Moberg and the rest of the NR Reads group hope to add an adult component to the program in the future.

“Initially we are looking at creating opportunities for volunteers to read with kids as well as provide access to more materials for families,” Moberg said. 

With the program still in the planning stages, Moberg and NR Reads are looking for more groups to partner with in order to put together the best possible program they can.

“We are looking to partner with other entities in the community, but right now we are currently partnered with groups such as Westfields Hospital, the Friday Memorial Library and the Centre,” Moberg said. “We are also looking for volunteers to help with the program and we would initially need people who can commit to giving some time in the mornings to help out with different programs.”

The NR Reads group meets again on Jan. 16, to further discuss the details of what the group wants to accomplish and how they will do it.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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