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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 25, 2000)---The U.S. has donated $5,000 to the Read To Me Samoa program, which encourages parents to read to their children.

Danny Aranza, director of the U.S. Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs, presented the check to American Samoa’s First Lady Mrs. Fagaoalii Sunia, who has spearheaded the program.

The program was the initiative of U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton three years ago as part of a national education reform.

The financial contribution comes three weeks after the Read to Me Samoa Program celebrated its first anniversary on March 31.

Mrs. Sunia has since visited several schools in the territory to encourage children to read with their parents.

Similar messages are carried in public service announcements by the media.

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