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State Representative Joe Tate kicks off National Reading Month at a Detroit School with Billy The Builder Bear Builds A House

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 14:33:15-05

LANSING, Mich. — State Representative Joe Tate kicked off March National Reading Month at the Catherine C. Blackwell Institute school in Detroit by reading to over 90 first and second grade students. Billy the Builder Bear Builds a House was written by Connie Valliere (Former Executive Officer of the Midland Home Builders Association) to help educate students in grades kindergarten to third grade about career pathways available in the building industry.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this educational program that teaches our kids about important careers in the residential building industry through literacy,” said Tate, a Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation board member. “Billy the Builder Bear was a huge hit with children. I am excited to continue to read in schools across my district to promote this message and story throughout the month and beyond.”

The Billy the Builder Bear reading program was designed to reach over 20,000 Michigan students. Over two dozen legislators, builders and other volunteers signed up to read Billy’s story at schools, libraries and community centers throughout the state. Each child will receive a free copy of the book.

Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to educate students, parents, teachers, counselors, veterans and the general public on the career opportunities available in the residential construction industry.

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