Florida’s First Lady visits students to promote reading

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DEVON RAVINE @DevonRnwfdn

Florida First Lady Ann Scott, wife of Gov. Rick Scott, read to a group of children at Eden Gardens State Park on Tuesday to promote the Florida Department of Education’s summer reading program, the Summer Literacy Adventure.

Scott read the children’s book “Antoinette,” by Kelly DiPucchio, to about 40 children from the Boys and Girls of the Emerald Coast’s south Walton County club.

“When I became first lady I decided I wanted to share my love of reading with students all around the state,” said Scott, who has visited and read to students in all of Florida’s 67 counties.

 Scott also fielded questions from the students, and shared her memories as a young girl visiting the library for books to read over the summer.

The Summer Literacy Adventure challenges students to read every day and pledge to read as many books as possible over the summer break. Following the summer break, Florida’s Department of Education will recognize the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of participation.

 The school whose students read the most books will receive a surprise visit from First Lady Ann Scott.

 Visit www.fldoe.org to learn more about the program.

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