From: Brenda Smith
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:29:23 MDT 2015

Dear Utah State Representative – District 002 Lifferth,

Education is a key driver of Utah’s economic opportunity and future prosperity. One of the key principles within Prosperity through Education, a 5-year plan to place Utah in the top 10 among states in education is helping children read confidently by 3rd grade. I urge you to prioritize funding SB117 Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot Program this session to ensure positive educational outcomes for young children. Reading is fundamental to a child’s academic success. SB117 provides teachers with the training to be able to recognize and help children with reading difficulties (like dyslexia).

I have been a volunteer in schools and helped children who can't read at their grade level. In one class the teacher told the reading specialist that a 2nd grader in her class needed extra help because he couldn't read at all. Sadly the reading specialist said they don't do anything with them until 3rd grade. I couldn't believe that! Children fall so far behind if they don't know how to read their assignments in every other area of learning. Please pass this so our children can succeed. Thank You! Brenda Koeven Smith

The economic benefits of early childhood education outweigh the costs of providing these educational opportunities indicating a wise financial investment. Evidence has shown us college and career readiness begins with the ability to read fluently. I ask that you please help ensure reading success in the early years by supporting the funding of SB117.

Sincerely, Brenda Smith 681 N 400 E Centerville, UT 84014