Pallone Reads to Kindergarten Students in Asbury Park

Mar 4, 2016 Issues: Education

To Kick Off Women’s History Month, Pallone Reads Grace for President at Barack Obama Elementary

ASBURY PARK, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), visited with and read to kindergarten students at Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park.  To celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, Pallone read Grace for President, an inspiring book that teaches an important lesson about leadership.

“It’s so important that every child, no matter their gender, has the confidence to know that they can grow up to be a leader in today’s world,” said Pallone.  “We have to ensure that both boys and girls can relate to and be inspired by the characters they are seeing in books and TV shows and that these stories are sending a positive message to young people.  As we start Women’s History Month this March, I’m glad to be able to share one of those empowering stories with these kids who I know will be the leaders of the future.”

Grace for President is a story about a girl who, stunned to discover that all U.S. presidents have been men, decides to kick off her own political career by running for president of her class.  She faces off against a popular boy and wins in a surprising way.

The book was made available to lawmakers across the country, thanks to the Teach a Girl to Lead™ program.  The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, created Teach a Girl to Lead™ to inspire girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders, past and present.  Making women’s political leadership visible to children from a young age will help both boys and girls grow up with more inclusive ideas about who can lead.

This week also marked the 18th annual Read Across America Day.  Celebrated each year on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Read Across America Day is a motivational and awareness day that encourages children in communities across the United States to pick up a book and celebrate reading.