The Carson Scholars Fund is proud to announce the opening of our 138th reading room! The newest room celebrated its grand opening on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Lookout Valley Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lookout Valley’s reading room is the third room funded by The Deaver-Phoenix Foundation. Other rooms funded by The Deaver-Phoenix Foundation are in Reeves-Rogers Elementary School and Northfield Elementary School, both located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The relaxing atmosphere of the Lookout Valley reading room invites students to settle in with a good book. Artist Gale Hinton’s mural provides readers with a peaceful and enchanted forest atmosphere where students are surrounded by a lake, a castle and a cottage with mountains in the background. The mural includes a painted message to remind students that, “The Doors of the World are Open to Those Who Read!”
Guests at the opening ceremony heard remarks from special attendees Mr. Joe Galloway, District 6 School Board Member; Karen Hollis, Director of Operations; Shannon Kelley, Director of The Deaver-Phoenix Foundation; and Candace Baggett, Lookout Valley Elementary School teacher. Students put on a special performance directed by Dr. Kim Cargile. A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed the program.
Special thanks must be extended to: The Deaver-Phoenix Foundation; muralist, Gale Hinton; Grant Crosslin for shelf design and carpentry; Lookout Valley Principal, Alisan Taylor; Becky Davidson and the Carson Reading Room Teacher Committee; Lynda Walker; Wurth Wood and Ace Hardware Lookout Valley for wood and building supplies; Appalachian Rustic Furnishings for furniture; and Posh Parties for decorations.
This reading room was sponsored by The Deaver-Phoenix Foundation.