The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The purpose of the project is to create a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills. The reading project is dedicated to promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.
The first Ben Carson Reading Room was established in 2000 at Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen, Maryland. Since that time, the Carson Scholars Fund has established 150 Reading Rooms in 19 states and Washington D.C. Reading Rooms can be found in schools in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. To visit some of our Reading Rooms, view our locations.
A seventh grader named Sandy said the following about her school’s Ben Carson Reading Room, “When I first started to read the books for older kids from the [Ben Carson Reading Room] Library, I was astonished. Every novel I picked up, I couldn’t put down nor away. For once in my lifetime I can say, ‘I want to read!’ I’m eager to go to every library period to wonder and hope that there are new books.”
The Ben Carson Reading Project is the second initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The primary purpose of the program is to provide funding and support to local schools so that they can create a nurturing environment for children to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills. The Reading Project is dedicated to combating illiteracy and promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child’s potential. Each room is filled with hundreds of books for students to explore from a variety of authors, topics, and genres. The Reading Room is decorated with attractive, eye-catching artwork based on Dr. Carson’s “THINK BIG” philosophy. The cozy environment encourages students and their families to come together to recognize the importance of reading. The Ben Carson Reading Project is seeing some amazing results. Last year, students logged over 15 million minutes of independent reading in the Ben Carson Reading Rooms. The Ben Carson Reading Project nurtures the entire school and allows students to develop the skills necessary to become lifetime readers and learners.