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Florida First Lady Concludes Statewide Literacy Tour

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Florida first lady Ann Scott is concluding her statewide literacy tour today.

Scott spent the week traveling to elementary schools throughout Florida and reading with kindergarten through third-grade students.

Thousand of volunteers joined Scott, reading to Florida students as a part of the state’s annual literacy week. Scott also presented students with certificates for reading program achievements.

Stacey Rimes, principal of Lake Butler Elementary School, said the literacy tour’s theme this year, “Reading Accelerates Success,” connects the value of literacy with careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Rimes said her school’s programs tie directly into this year’s theme.

“Reading is so important because it’s the foundation for all other subject areas,” she said.

Rimes said Scott’s visit empowered her students and faculty.

“To have the first lady come and read with our students is so motivating for our kids and even our staff,” she said.

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