First Lady Tonette Walker

Wisconsin's First Lady Visits Northwoods To Promote Summer Reading

By: Matt Doyle, WJFW Newswatch 12
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MINOCQUA - Wisconsin's First Lady is in the Northwoods promoting summer reading for children.

Tonette Walker talked to a group of children at the Minocqua Public Library about the importance of reading.

She also read to them and asked questions about what they like to read.

Walker says she has experience encouraging her own teenage boys, to hit the books.

"The whole positive part is that the child is so eager to read," Walker says. "You can see that. They all have their hands up when you ask them if they read or like to read. It's something they know they need to do, and they're excited about, and they have fun with."

She also encourages students to complete at least four books before the end of the summer.

The tour is part of the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a global literacy campaign that aims to combat the "summer slide" or the learning loss that occurs from being away from school. 

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