Dear Editor:

Educationally speaking there is no greater need for our students than increased literacy. Virtually every area we as a school system have targeted for improvement is tied to literacy.

Children cannot make the improvements they are capable of intellectually on achievement tests, be it at the elementary, middle, or high school level, unless they can read adequately. Research even indicates a strong correlation between misbehavior in school and poor reading ability.

Our school system’s biggest area of concern is the dropout rate. We have implemented many programs such as Reading 180 and online credit recovery and applied for and received state and federal grants to help us combat this problem. However, the single most important thing we can do to increase our graduation rate is to increase and improve the reading ability of our students.

The Childhood Literacy Month Proclamation approved by the Madison County Board of Commissioners is a great step toward publicizing and supporting the needed literacy movement.

The employees of the Madison County School System are committed to work in partnership with the Board of Commissioners, The FERST Foundation and all of the citizens of Madison County to improve childhood literacy. Please join us in supporting and celebrating Children Literacy Action Month during May and FERST Foundation Childhood Literacy Day on May 15.


Mitchell V. McGhee Ed.D.

Superintendent, Madison County Schools

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