In 1994, the 103rd Congress passed joint resolution 413 designating Nov. 1 as National Family Literacy Day.
This designated day kicks off National Family Literacy Month for the entire month of November, which raises awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed more time for families to recognize the importance of reading to children, starting from birth, which helps to instill a love of reading as well as developing vocabulary and literacy skills.
Families are encouraged during this time to start a tradition of reading with their children and create a reading nook in your home.
This proclamation was requested from Gov. Douglas Ducey by the Piestewa Peak Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and Tender Little Hearts Mini Tales, both located in Scottsdale.
“We want to encourage families in Arizona to take time each day to make learning together a part of their daily routine," stated Regent Joyce Bertilson. "We also want to thank those at schools, libraries, and other organizations that work to help our children, our future leaders, develop strong literacy skills.”
Earlier in the year, the Chapter Literacy Committee Chair Terry Holmes was the winner of the AZDAR Literacy Promotion Contest, NSDAR Southwest Division Literacy Promotion Contest and National Literacy Promotion Contest for Outstanding Service by a Chapter Member.
To continue the committee efforts during the pandemic, Ms. Holmes created a virtual reading program for young readers where children can continue to read to her minis and donkey through the internet.