Jane Beshear Encourages Students To Read Over The Summer

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Updated: 5/15/2013 11:21 am
First Lady Jane Beshear encouraged third-and fourth-graders at Harrison Elementary to read 10 books of the summer and they accepted the challenge.

Beshear says promoting literacy is one of her top priorities and told students at an assembly yesterday that reading books can allow them to go anywhere or be anything they want to be.

"Even if it's just a fun book, it makes me smarter. I always find new words, and it makes me think," she said.

The first lady brought titles like "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Sophie the Awesome," and "Stink, the Incredible Shrinking Kid" to hand out to the students pointing out that children in poverty can achieve at high levels, but they don't have access to the some materials other students do.

Principal Tammie Franks collected donations so every student in the school, 98% of whom receive free-or reduced-price lunches, could take home a new book.
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