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Program focuses on keeping Flint kids reading this summer

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
An event this week in Flint highlighted the work of many groups encouraging children and their parents to read during the summer

A literacy program is hoping to get more Genesee County children reading this summer. 

Ja’Nel Jamerson is the director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.

He says it’s important for children everywhere to maintain their education levels during their summer vacation.  

But Jamerson says it’s especially important in Flint, where thousands of children were exposed to lead in their drinking water which can negatively affect their neurological development.

“One of the strongest responses to lead mitigation as it relates to its impact on the brain is high quality, brain stimulating learning activities,” says Jamerson.

The Literacy Network is holding multiple programs to get children and their parents readingthis summer. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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