Sen. McLachlan Reads to Danbury 3rd Graders [Photo]

March 1, 2012
Sen. Michael McLachlan reads to Mill Ridge Primary School students on Thursday to mark Read Across America Day.

Sen. Michael McLachlan reads to Mill Ridge Primary School students on Thursday to mark Read Across America Day.

To mark Read Across America Day, State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) on Thursday (March 1) read to third graders at Mill Ridge Primary School in Danbury.

McLachlan read to the students about Sybil Ludington, who is known as the “female Paul Revere”. When her father received word late on April 26, 1777, that the British were attacking Danbury, Ludington, 16 years old, volunteered to warn the countryside of the attack and to alert the area militia troops. She traveled through nearby towns, shouting that the British were burning Danbury and calling out the militia to assemble at the Ludingtons. When Sybil Ludington returned home, most of the militia troops were ready to march to confront the British.

“It was my pleasure to read to the students, and it was great to be able to read to them this particular story,” Mclachlan said. “By working together as a community to encourage our children to read, we can give them a chance to succeed in school and in life. So we are spreading the word urging folks to take the time to read to a child, not just on Read Across America Day, but every day.”

Next Thursday, McLachlan will read to students at St. Peters-Sacred Heart School in Danbury.