Florida’s first lady promotes literacy at Port St. Joe Elementary


Florida’s first lady Ann Scott visited Port St. Joe Elementary to promote literacy in schools and read two children’s books to Shelly Oliver’s first grade class.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:06 AM.

Port St. Joe Elementary school received a special guest last week in the form of Ann Scott, wife of Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida’s first lady visited the school as part of her Summer Literacy Tour, which had Scott visiting with students across the state.

“It’s wonderful that she’s building awareness for reading,” said PSJES Principal Sue Gannon. “We’re kind of removed in our location and it’s nice to bring political figures to the community to show kids how accessible and real they are.”

Scott spent time with Shelly Oliver’s first-grade class and read the books, “Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses” and “Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas?”

Scott engaged the students with plenty of interaction and told them it was important to have a positive outlook on life.

She asked each student what they wanted to be when they grew up and offered words of encouragement and praised the class for their positivity.

“I loved school,” said Scott. “English was my best subject.”

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