Last week, Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley visited Susan Moore Elementary School to encourage reading and instill an appreciation for the state of Alabama.
She read a book and spoke about Alabama attractions on Thursday to fourth-, fifth-, and sixthgrade students.
“I hope students leave here today with a renewed interest in reading,” Bentley said.“When I read to students, I emphasize being local. I prefer to read books about Alabama written by Alabama authors, that way I can promote our great state.”Bentley first read a book by Faye Gibbons entitled “Night in the Barn,” before sharing another book featuring 52 Alabama road trips.
Bentley told the students that a copy of this book was in their school library, and encouraged them to read it and sit down with their parents to discuss potential day trips to take together.
“I love exploring Alabama,” Bentley said. “Even while we were headed this way, we passed Horton Mill Covered Bridge and I had never been there, so since we were a bit early, I said we should go see it, which we did, and it was wonderful.”
She also listed a few suggestions for places to visit among those was Blount County’s own Rickwood Caverns, which Bentley visited in June of last year.
Bentley also donated 100 books to the school in connection with Scholastic Books.
“Each year, Scholastic gives us 500 books to give to a school,” Bentley said.“So, I pick five schools and give each 100 books.”
State Sen. Clay Scofield was also in attendance. He was part of the decision which allowed for Susan Moore to receive the books.
“I witnessed the need Susan Moore had for some new books, so I suggested this school as a candidate, and I’m happy they were chosen,” he said.