New adventures await students at eight elementary schools this fall, as each school opened a Ben Carson Reading Room featuring comfortable chairs, inspirational design and dozens of new books. The rooms, sponsored by the Carson Scholars Fund, were made possible thanks to generous gifts from Domtar and its vendor partners.
The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by world-renowned retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. The first Domtar-sponsored reading room opened at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, in 2012.
Domtar colleagues volunteered at each of the eight new sites, building shelves, painting walls and sorting books, among other tasks. The schools held ribbon-cutting ceremonies in August and September to celebrate the academic benefits — but more importantly, the fun — of traveling to new places and meeting new people through the pages of a book.
Old Pointe Elementary School
Candy Carson attended the opening ceremony for the Ben Carson Reading Room at Old Pointe Elementary School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She challenged students to open their minds and imaginations by reading each day.
“Books can open new worlds for you,” Carson said. “They can take you anywhere you can imagine. You can be a butterfly. You can be a dinosaur. There are stories for all kinds of things you might want to do.”
Students and teachers marveled when the doors to the new Ben Carson Reading Room opened. Its bright blue walls are decorated in an ocean theme and adorned with inspirational posters. Packed bookshelves fit nicely inside, as do small sofas and bean bag chairs.