First Ben Carson Reading Room established in Arkansas at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School
On Friday, April 22, the L.F. Henderson Intermediate Panther Cubs, along with faculty, staff and community members, opened Arkansas’ first Ben Carson Reading Room. The Reading Room Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund designed to promote daily, independent reading.
The day’s festivities began with an all-school assembly. Principal Keith Fricks began the program by greeting students and guests. L.F. Henderson Intermediate students celebrated the opening of the room by performing a skit and singing Shooting Star by Owl City. During the ceremony, Jason Sanders, Ashdown School Superintendent, and Bob Grygotis, Domtar Ashdown Mill Manager, addressed the students and staff. Several of the Domtar Ashdown employees and their suppliers were in attendance. This reading room has special meaning to the Ashdown Domtar Mill employees. Not only did their company sponsor the reading room, but many of the Domtar Ashdown Mill employees helped to create the reading room. Ashdown Domtar Mill employees stamped books, assembled furniture and even constructed two wooden tables with a compartment to store seat cushions. After the ceremony, guests were escorted to the school library for the unveiling of the reading room. The reading room is nestled in the library and boasts a book collection of over 500 high-interest books, including some favorites like Cam Jansen Mysteries, Big Nate and The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.
Domtar and their vendors pride themselves in giving back to the communities they serve. The Ben Carson Reading Room at L.F. Henderson Intermediate is the first of ten reading rooms to open through the Domtar partnership and the first to be established in Arkansas.