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WHEREAS, the ability to read and process information is a basic survival skill in our global information society; and,

WHEREAS, the reading proficiency of teens has remained stagnant over the last 30 years; and,

WHEREAS, the number of students who can read but choose not to do so; and, 

WHEREAS the most effective way to improve reading skills is to read regularly and often; and,

WHEREAS, too few teens think reading is a valuable tool for enjoyment and relaxation as well as for schoolwork; and,

WHEREAS, regular daily reading for the fun of it creates the reading habit for life; and

WHEREAS, parents, teachers, librarians, and all concerned adults can serve as role models by reading for fun themselves; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby acknowledge October 14 20, 2001 as Teen Read Week and encourage teens to read for the fun of it.

Dated this 9th day of October, 2001.

Michael A. McPoland, Sr. 

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