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* News Release *
Monday, May 19, 2003
For Immediate Release

BCEO Recognized By Governor Taft

Governor Bob Taft has recognized the Butler County Engineer's Office for its employees' participation in the OhioReads program and helping kindergarten through fourth grade students improve their reading skills. "The OhioReads program is a great opportunity for community members to give back," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "We are proud of our employees for their dedication to helping young minds and giving their personal time to such an important cause."

BCEO employees who regularly participate in the program are Lora Brooks, Ron Harp, and Amy Pursley. Each spend roughly an hour a week reading one-on-one with students at Cleveland Elementary School in the Hamilton City School District. "We find it to be very rewarding and the students enthusiastically look forward to that time we spend with them each week," said Harp, who has participated in the program for three years.

OhioReads is Governor Taft's major education initiative to improve the reading skills of Ohio's kindergarten through fourth grade students so they can read at grade level before leaving elementary school. A partnership of schools, businesses, community organizations, libraries, parents, educators and students working together to improve reading skills, the OhioReads program brings volunteers into the classroom to serve as reading tutors to elementary school students. The initiative was created by the first piece of legislation Governor Taft signed upon taking office in 1999.

OhioReads certificate from Governor Taft.
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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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