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What Civic Leaders Say about Page Ahead

Governor Gary Locke

In recognition of the distribution of one million books by Page Ahead from 1991 through 2003, Washington State Governor Gary Locke issued a proclamation.

WHEREAS, for the past 12 years Page Ahead has been helping children "feel like a million" by providing them with new books and activities to inspire reading; and
WHEREAS, this year Page Ahead will distribute 143,500 new books to more than 50,000 children and their families; and
WHEREAS, on Friday, June 6, Page Ahead will celebrate delivery of its one-millionth book during the Feel like a Million Books Carnival at Bow Lake Elementary School and every student will have an opportunity to select a new book to keep forever...
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington do hereby proclaim June 2003 as Page Ahead's Million Books Month

Washington State Senator Patty Murray

Washington State Senator Patty Murray recently praised Page Ahead "for making great strides in the fight against illiteracy."

Encouraging the love for reading is crucial to the development of youth. Supplying at-risk children with books to read, holding motivational literacy programs and increasing parent and adult involvement in education are crucial factors in the overall development of children. You are to be applauded for making great strides in the overall fight against illiteracy.

King County Library System Foundation

On March 6, 2004 Page Ahead received the "Literary Lions" award from the King County Library System Foundation.

This event celebrating good books and good works was held on March 12 at the Bellevue Regional Library. Three hundred guests attended. The program includes the presentation of the Literary Lions Award to Page Ahead and a keynote "speech" by storyteller, musician, and author Bill Harley>

Municipal League of King County

In 2003, Page Ahead was recognized by the Municipal League of King County for outstanding contributions to the public good.

Along with five citizens who received awards for civic excellence, Page Ahead was honored at the 44th annual Civic Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 23 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. Retiring Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith delivered the keynote address. William Gates Sr. received an award for regional leadership.

A Golden Apple

In 2005 Page Ahead received the "Golden Apple Award" for excellence in education. More than 150 individuals and organizations from across Washington were nominated to receive this award, and 12 were selected.