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First Lady promotes reading in Wakulla Springs

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Florida First Lady Ann Scott reads to a group of children at Wakulla Springs

By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's First Lady Ann Scott is continuing to ask children to take the summer reading pledge as part of the state's reading effort: "2011 Summer Literacy Adventure." As Sascha Cordner reports, Mrs. Scott met with students Wednesday at Wakulla Springs to encourage them to read throughout their summer break.

"At a glittering dinner party at Saint Louis, local movers and shakers waited for an announcement from Walt Disney himself that the magic of Disney would be coming to their city along with a much needed bump to its economy."

Close to 40 children listened to First Lady Ann Scott as she read "How the Mouse got his Kingdom," a chapter from a book called "It happened here in Florida." But, not before talking to them about the importance of reading books during their Summer break, and taking advantage of the outdoors.

"For me, I grew up in Texas, and we did not have air conditioning, so I would hide out under a tree and read and I couldn't think of anything more enjoyable to relaxing."

Mrs. Scott says so far, about 73-hundred students have taken the pledge. Their goal is to read a cumulative number of 250-thousand books or more. The school that reads the most books will receive a visit from her in the Fall and a one-day pass to any Florida state park.