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[r68] Ind. House of Representatives gives back to the community
Start Date: 2/18/2014 All Day
End Date: 2/18/2014
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STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) along with House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), fellow legislators and staff, joined students at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis to read to students as part of a bipartisan House service day.

“Kids are impressionable, especially during the early stages of their lives, so reading to them and showing the importance and value of books can have a positive impact on their long-term development,” said Rep. McMillin. “The House Republicans recognize the importance of early childhood education which is why we set that as one of our legislative priorities this session. By strengthening Indiana’s early education model, we can improve that foundation that leads to a child’s academic success.”

House members brought their favorite children’s books to read to underprivileged kindergartners and first and second grade students at Shepherd Community. The Shepherd Community Center is dedicated to supporting impoverished children in the fight against poverty.

“It is truly humbling to see all the work that Shepherd Community Center is doing to break the cycle of poverty. I look forward to all of the good that comes from such an incredible organization,” said Speaker Bosma.

Children living in poverty are more likely to be further behind their peers when they begin their K-12 education. These children are less likely to be enrolled in pre-K programs or have meaningful educational experiences prior to entering kindergarten. A child in an impoverished family is read to an average of 25 hours before they start kindergarten, compared to an average of 1,000 hours for children of middle-class families.

“Our kids need solid role models, no matter where they are. In Southeast Indiana our schools and other organizations like Shepherd Community Center, are always looking for more people to interact and get involved with students,” said Rep. McMillin. “After participating in similar events in our community, I know firsthand that something as small as this not only makes a positive difference in the lives of students but in mine as well. I encourage those with free time to read at our local schools, or please contact my office if anyone would like me to participate in similar events.”

More information about Shepherd Community Center can be found on their website at or for more information about Rep. McMillin, please visit


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Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
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