Mrs. Fletcher read to first and second graders at two elementary schools in Pikeville.
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher read the book “Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story” by Cynthia Rylant to students at two elementary schools—Mullins Elementary and Pikeville Elementary, both located in Pikeville, KY.
Students from the first and second grades eagerly listened as the First Lady read the story—their eyes glistened with excitement and enthusiasm. The story was about a boy who waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, hoping for a certain gift. The boy learns about the spirit of giving and he remembers it even when he has grown up.
“Reading out loud to young children can be the single most important activity to promote success in reading and learning in school,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “By sparking a child’s interest and love for reading, we can give them one of life’s greatest gifts.” After reading the book to the students, the book was donated to each school’s library to enhance the school’s literature collection and to give students a chance to check the book out on their own.
As First Lady, promoting early literacy programs is one of her top priorities and passions. Read To Achieve, Unite To Read and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library are several of the programs she supports.
The “Read To Me Day” is part of Kentucky Power’s Community Outreach program, a series of events designed to “give something back” to the communities they serve.