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Q: Why is the Right to Read documentary significant to educators, families and children in Michigan?

WKAR was awarded a grant by the Capitol Area United Way to produce a documentary examining the Third Grade Reading Law and its impact on Michigan’s youngest learners. Right to Read delves deep into one of Michigan’s most important issues facing families and educators today.  

I asked the producer, Nicole Zaremba, to express why she feels the film is significant.

Childhood literacy in mid-Michigan receives very little media attention. Yet we continue to rank well below the national average. This film highlights the very real struggles some children face with reading, the pressures on parents, and the challenges for educators teaching to a test with little available resources. That being said, I’m inspired by leaders in our community that have come up with inventive ways to tackle this crisis. It' my hope that, after viewing the documentary, we continue to collaborate and create solutions to this crisis as a community and ask ourselves what we can do to better serve our children.

- Nicole Zaremba, WKAR television producer

Right to Read captures the poignant reality of too many families in Michigan. It is an insightful and necessary watch. I hope you join WKAR on May 20 at 7pm for a virtual screening and panel discussion

The film is scheduled to air on television in mid-Michigan on June 3 at 9:30pm ET on WKAR-TV 23.1.

Happy Learning, 

Mrs. Pizzo

More at Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.
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