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The beginning opening ceremony will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Rosa G. Maddock Elementary School, 8258 S. Sayre Avenue Burbank, IL 60459. The following opening ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. at Jacqueline B. Kennedy Elementary School, 7644 S. Central Ave. Burbank, Il 60459.
World-renowned retired pediatric neurosurgeon, New York Times bestselling author and Carson Scholars Fund co-founder, Dr. Ben Carson is scheduled to attend both ceremonies and address the students, administrators and community members.
The Ben Carson Reading Project is an educational initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The purpose of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to create a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills. The reading project is dedicated to promoting reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.
As a child, Ben Carson had a dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Dr. Ben Carson credits reading as being a catalyst to his success. He said “If a child has a dream, they can enhance that dream through reading. To provide a place for children to fall in love with reading opens the door to their imagination, sparking creativity and exercising their mind.”
“Burbank School District 111 is grateful to Advocate Christ Medical Center and to the Carson Scholars Fund for providing reading rooms for our students and for their support of literacy in our schools.” said Dr. Franzy Fleck, Superintendent of Burbank School District 111. “These rooms offer a 21st century learning environment that will encourage our children to fall in love with reading and prepare them for their promising futures. We hope these rooms will become a place where students can ‘Think Big!’ and discover that their dreams can come true.”
Currently, there are 143 Ben Carson Reading Rooms serving students in 19 states and Washington D.C. These are the first Ben Carson Reading Rooms to be located in Burbank School District 111. To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund visit www.carsonscholars.org.
Source: Burbank School District 111 press release