Ben Carson Reading Room opens at Pikesville Middle

Pikesville Middle students share how they are “thinking big” in their own lives.

Students at Pikesville Middle School have a new place to enjoy the pleasures of reading.

On behalf of Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Roger Plunkett joined Mrs. Candy Carson, Carson Scholars Fund co-founder, and other special guests to dedicate the new Ben Carson Reading Room at Pikesville Middle School. The room will be used to promote the Ben Carson Reading Project, an incentive program that encourages students to read for pleasure.

Reading Rooms are developed by the Carson Scholars Fund, which was established by renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, to provide a place for young students and their families to read and discover the pleasure of learning. 

Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Friedman cut the ribbon to the new Reading Room.

Mrs. Carson and Pikesville Middle students pose in the new Ben Carson Reading Room.

Mrs. Carson talks with some Pikesville Middle students.

The schoolwide dedication ceremony took place on the morning of September 9. Two of the keynote speakers, Louis and Phyllis Friedman, are benefactors of the Pikesville Middle School Ben Carson Reading Room. Dr. Ben Carson could not attend but sent a special video message in which he encouraged the students of Pikesville Middle School to “THINK BIG.” At the ceremony, Dr. Carson’s “THINK BIG” philosophy was further emphasized as selected students shared how they are “thinking big” in their own lives. The audience also was entertained by Pikesville’s theater group with their rendition of the song “The Start of Something New” and a photo slideshow that illustrated the construction of the Reading Room.

Pikesville Middle is the first secondary school in Baltimore County to receive the honor. Reading Rooms are also open at Villa Cresta Elementary, Wellwood International, Norwood Elementary, and Jacksonville Elementary. Another Reading Room is scheduled to open this month at Halstead Academy.

The ceremony ended with a traditional ribbon-cutting by Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Friedman.

Story by Jennifer Givens, Good News Ambassador and reading department chair, Pikesville Middle School. Photos courtesy of Bradley T. Foster, library media specialist, Pikesville Middle School.
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