Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear visited Somerset on April 11, 2012 for the second annual Pulaski County Literacy Day. Beshear, a former teacher and strong advocate for literacy, met with nearly 1,000 fourth-grade students to promote reading.
Students in Pulaski County’s eight elementary schools were given a free book, donated by Somerset businessman Chuck Coldiron. Coldiron purchased the children’s books and hosted a pizza party for every fourth-grade student in the county. He said he wanted to make a difference to improve education.
Beshear ate lunch with students and presented signed copies of the books to ten, fifth grade students who had met Mrs. Beshear’s reading challenge last year. Beshear also met with representatives from the schools, Forward in the Fifth, The Center for Rural Development and community leaders to discuss key issues in education.
Each child who reads one of the books and completes a book report prior to the end of the school year will also receive a coupon for a free pizza.
Participating school districts were Somerset Independent School District, Science Hill Independent School District, and Somerset Christian School. The day was hosted by Forward in the Fifth, The Center and Coldiron.
For more information about hosting a Literacy Day, contact Forward in the Fifth.
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