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Ben Carson Reading Room to open at Cowan Elementary School

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

Students Avi Patel, Faith Matthews, Catherine Money and Kailyn Swailes make good use of the Cowan Elementary School’s Ben Carson Reading Room that will officially be christened with a ribbon cutting today. The dedicated room is part of the Ben Carson Reading project which promotes reading among young students.

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Through the generosity of the Deaver Phoenix Foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund is pleased to announce the opening of a new Ben Carson Reading Room at Cowan Elementary School.

The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place today at 9 a.m. at Cowan Elementary School, 501 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan.

The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The purpose of the project is to create a literacy-enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills.

The project is dedicated to promoting reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.

This is the sixth Ben Carson Reading Room to be established in Tennessee and the fourth reading room to be sponsored by the Deaver Phoenix Foundation.

“ What a magnificent honor to be the recipient of a Ben Carson Reading Room,” said Cowan Elementary School Principal Cynthia Young. “Cowan Elementary is absolutely thrilled to partner with the Carson Scholars Fund to continue to encourage students to be life-long learners through reading.

“ Reading is a very integral part of our school’s focus. We want to thank the Deaver Phoenix Foundation for the opportunity that has been given to us to create a room dedicated to the love of reading.”

The National Park themed reading room features murals depicting national parks and famous landmarks across the United States.

From the lush forests of the Great Smokey Mountains to the Statue of Liberty’s shining torch, children can explore over 500 high-interest books in this awe- inspiring room.

Currently 165 Ben Carson Reading Rooms have been established serving students in 22 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund visit www.carsonscholars.org.