School may be out for summer, but the push for learning is still in full swing. Governor Rick Scott’s wife, Ann, recently shared her passion for reading and literacy with the students and staff of Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne. Father Eamon Tobin, pastor of the parish, and students from kindergarten through 5th grade warmly greeted the First Lady with smiles and handmade posters on June 13.
With animation and enthusiasm, Scott read three stories and shared excerpts from a book she co-authored, Ally and Jordi’s Adventures Through Florida. The story, a collaboration with the Florida Department of State, takes readers on a journey through Florida’s rich history.
“One of my favorite things about being ‘First Lady of Florida’ is having the opportunity to visit schools across the state and share my passion for reading and literacy with Florida students,” explained Scott. “I believe that early learning builds a foundation for lifelong learning.”
Zane V., a 5th grader, reflected on his time with the First Lady, saying “It was special that she came to our school. Reading is important because it helps you get a good education so you can get a good job.”
Scott emphasized reading has always been important throughout her life. “I shared my love of reading with my two daughters, Allison and Jordan,” she said. “Now that they are grown, they are passing on their passion for reading to our six young grandsons.”
Ascension and Brevard County Catholic Schools provide summer reading programs for students of every grade. Students are encouraged to read at least 30 minutes each day and to connect readings to family outings to help place the reading into a broader context. Book selections are given for students of different lexile reading levels to help each child maintain academic momentum.
“Since becoming First Lady, I have visited all 67 counties in Florida and have loved meeting many wonderful teachers and students, including those at Ascension, that make our state so special,” added Scott. “No matter what your goals are, an appreciation for reading and literacy is necessary on the path to success.”
By Jennifer Drow, Florida Catholic correspondent – June 20, 2018