Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was in Prentiss today as part of her Read Across Mississippi Tour

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The First Lady says reading rates for 3rd grade children in Mississippi is low compared to the national average. Read Across Mississippi is designed to promote an enthusiasm for reading and help with early diagnosis for learning disabilities. She has been traveling through the state reading and sharing the importance of reading to elementary schools age kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Bryant says, "To encourage kids to read and how important it is to read ,and to talk about dyslexia. Phil is dyslexic and he discovered it in the 3rd grade and was actually held back a year. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him and he was just so happy he had a teacher that recognized it."

Of course Phil Bryant overcame his learning disability and went on to become Governor. The First Lady hopes to have visited 30 schools by the end of March, and schools in all 82 counties by the end of the program.

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