Youth’s Benefit Elementary School is celebrating the opening of its two new Carson Reading Rooms with a grand opening event scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Carson Scholars Co-Founder, Candy Carson will participate in the celebration, which will include simultaneous ribbon cutting ceremonies in each room. The Youth’s Benefit Educational Foundation sought funding for the rooms through the Carson Scholars Fund to create a nurturing environment for a child to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills.The Ben Carson Reading Project enables students to develop the skills necessary to become lifetime readers and learners. Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, credits reading as being the catalyst to his success and he hopes to share this message with students through this program. Students came up with the reading rooms’ themes and Fallston Middle Schools students, who graduated from Youth’s Benefit, painted murals to fit the primary building room’s outer space theme and the intermediate building’s swamp theme.
“Our students can’t wait to visit the Reading Rooms and take their journeys to our neighborhood swamp, and to places far, far away in outer space. Reading can take us anywhere and we want our students to explore through reading – which I’m sure will foster a love of books that will last a lifetime,” said Angela Morton, Principal of Youth’s Benefit Elementary School. “We’re delighted that each room will be filled with hundreds of books for students to explore a variety of authors, topics and genres.”