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Eat. Read. Grow. starts its 2016 season at local school

(Gillette, Wyo.) Tuesday afternoon 160 people visited Wagonwheel Elementary for "Eat.Read.Grow," a program to encourage families to spend time together. [image: DSC_0686.jpg] The program was created by First Lady Carol Mead in 2013. Campbell County had its fourth gathering in Gillette at Wagonwheel, with another event planned in October at Rawhide Elementary. Food was donated by local restaurants and churches for a meal, and there were also free books and coats from the Kiwanis Club available. Cloud Peak Energy, which sponsored the program this year, presented Eat.Read.Grow Chairman Roxann Backer with a $3000 check. [image: DSC_0706.JPG] Guests from Cloud Peak then read the the gathered students. Experts say reading and having a family meal together can boost children’s self-confidence by strengthening the parent-child bond. Early literacy is also important for a child's success later in life, since children who read proficiently at grade level by third grade are far less likely to drop out. Since its launch in 2013, Eat.Read.Grow has spread to ten communities statewide. #county17 #news