On Wednesday, April 3 Sterling Elementary turned a new page with the opening of its Ben Carson Reading Room. The reading room is sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of the CSF, a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about education and literacy. In order to raise the funding for the sponsorship, the chapter hosted a high-spirited event chaired by Ann Marie Steel. Chapter members Sandy Constantine and Beth Barry collected items donated by local businesses. Members also donated personal artwork and vacation getaways, including destinations to Asheville, Hilton Head and Maui.
The school selected a “Think Big, Dream Big, Live Big” theme and recruited local artist, Abstract Dissent, to create a graffiti wall to bring the space to life. The reading room has a robust book collection with over 1,300 books.
In addition to the Sterling Elementary reading room, the Charlotte Chapter sponsored the Ben Carson Reading Room at Starmount Academy of Excellence in Charlotte, which opened in April 2018.