SEMINARY, MS (WDAM) - Since January, Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant has been traveling around the state reading to students in grades k-3.
Friday she was at the Seminary Elementary School as part of her Read Across Mississippi program. When she learned that Mississippi had the most students that couldn't read by the third-grade she decided to do something to raise awareness on the importance of reading.
Read Across Mississippi is part of the First Lady's H.O.M.E initiative that is made of four-issues, healthcare, the outdoors, preservation of the governors mansion, and education.
She says by talking with teachers and students she is trying to ensure each child will have a better chance for a bright future.
"I think it's important that we start paying attention to these children and the fact that they can't read," said Bryant. "We have a new third-grade gate which is going to keep these kids from being socially promoted. It's their whole future, the success of their future."
So far this year the First Lady has visited 36-schools and she says they still have a long way to go.