(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 14, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – Students in Ferndale Upper and Ferndale Lower Elementary Schools had special guest visitors Friday in celebration of National Reading Month.
“This is one of my favorite things to do as a State Rep,” Wittenberg said. “I remember when I was a kid and guest readers would come. It really encouraged me to have people to look up to take an interest in my education. I want to encourage the students too.”
In his first year Wittenberg read to 700 kids. In his second year he read to 1000. This year he’s aiming for even more, covering all five of his communities: Ferndale, Oak Park, Berkley, Royal Oak Township, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods and Hazel Park.
“Reading is helpful for everything. You need to read contracts and all kinds of documents,” he said. “A lot of people quit reading after they’re out of school. But it needs to be a lifelong way to exercise your brain.” He said that reading self-help and motivational books help him to learn about life and business.
Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins read “Gloria,” a story about a safety-minded policeman and his hilarious k9 sidekick. The story has been read in his family for several generations.
Other readers included elected official, school administrators, police and parents.