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Covington Students Get Free Books from First Lady Jane Beshear

"We're really excited to be here to send these kids off to summer vacation with a handful of books," said Jane Beshear, wife of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

The Commonwealth's First Lady appeared in Covington today to hand out free books to students at John G. Carlisle Elementary School. "The whole idea is to get books into the hands of our children."

Beshear serves as an ambassador in Kentucky for Scholastic which provided the free books, all of which are among the most popular current titles. 

Out of the hundreds of elementary schools across Kentucky, Beshear was tasked with choosing just one and set her sights on John G. "We look for a school that has many students in free or reduced lunch programs, that have the need, and where it would be most needed," she said.

John G. Carlisle principal Joy Collins was thrilled by the visit and the gifts saying that the more books a child has in his or her home, the better reader he or she would likely be. 

Beshear stood before a gym full of students and told them why she was there. "The reason is that, for me, you are the most important people in Kentucky today," she said. "I want you to be the smartest you can be."

"In the summertime sometimes our brains go to sleep a little bit so when we start back to school we're not quite as sharp as we need to be," Beshear told the students. She urged the students to keep their brains moving over their summer vacation which begins after classes end Wednesday. "The best way we do that is to keep on reading."

Students got the chance to choose their book from the 500 donated to the school. Beshear later toured classrooms at John G.

Cindy Herman of Scholastic explained that the program of donating books to schools stretches across the entire country. "Our mission is to put books into the hands of kids," Herman 

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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