On June 7th, 2012 Center for Inquiry #27 in Indianapolis held a dedication ceremony for their new Ben Carson Reading Room. Principal Jamilyn Bersch led the welcoming, which included students, teachers, administrators and special guests – all of whom were anxious to see the final look of their new Ben Carson Reading Room.
Students took an active role in the ceremony. First and second grade students led the pledge of allegiance, followed by a musical performance by fourth and fifth graders. Students and staff also put together a special video performance of “We are Readers,” just for the occasion. After a message from Dr. Carson, Mrs. Candy Carson also provided a few inspirational words about the success students can gain from reading. Dr. George Ransch, from Indiana University School of Medicine, spoke as well.
Center for Inquiry Head of Schools, Ms. Christine Collier, gave the closing remarks and it was time to unveil the new Ben Carson Reading Room after the ribbon cutting. The students couldn’t contain their excitement when the curtain drew.
A feature requested by their own students, the Ben Carson Reading Room at Center for Inquiry has a unique facet, unlike any other reading room currently opened – a tree house! This fun atmosphere allows students to climb in and out with their favorite books! Whether students enjoy sitting at the top of the tree house or being tucked away in a corner below, the reading experience is sure to be unlike any other.
The ceremony was followed by light refreshments. Special thanks to Indiana University School of Medicine for sponsoring Center for Inquiry’s Ben Carson Reading Room and all the hard work and dedication from everyone who made this possible!