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First Lady To Hold Book Walk

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501

(605) 773-3212






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, September 18, 2017

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212



First Lady To Hold Book Walk


PIERRE, S.D. – First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold a book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.


“The book walk is an opportunity to encourage children to read and chance for all of us to get outside and exercise,” said Mrs. Daugaard. “I hope families will take the opportunity to spend an evening outdoors with us.”


Children in junior kindergarten through the second grade are invited to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will take approximately a half-hour.


The featured books will be “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Williams and “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. Participants will walk around Capitol Lake and the inside driveway of the Governor’s Mansion and stop at stations along the way to read portions of the two books. After children arrive at the last station and finish the book, light refreshments will be provided.


This year, First Lady Linda Daugaard is hosting the annual book walk in conjunction with Family Day.


Family Day is promoted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse as a way to encourage healthy family relationships. The center works with corporations, community leaders, Major League Baseball teams, schools and local groups across the country to encourage everyday family activities that can help prevent substance abuse.


“I support CASA’s efforts to prevent drug abuse and think it’s fitting that we hold the annual book walk on Family Day,” Mrs. Daugaard said. “It’s the little things that have a lasting impact on children, and this kind of activity provides an opportunity for some quality time.”


This will be the fourth year of the First Lady’s book walk.