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.”
After completing the books, she took questions and talked about her experience as the first lady.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be here with you,” Scott told the students. “I love everything I get to do. It’s very special.”
Scott was welcomed to Port St. Joe Elementary by Gannon and Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.
“Port St. Joe Elementary has been an A school year in and year out for the last decade,” said Norton. “It’s an honor for the school district anytime we have the governor or first lady visit.”
The Summer Literacy Tour program brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. Thousands of volunteers across the state will spend extra time reading to children in classrooms.
The initiative supports partnerships between state and local agencies, community organizations and schools while encouraging students to read each day.
“To have her come here is an honor and the attention is welcome,” said Norton. “It makes the school and the district stand out.”