Durfee Elementary-Middle School opens Ben Carson Reading Room

Through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Janower, the Carson Scholars Fund announced the opening of the Ben Carson Reading Room at Durfee Elementary-Middle School. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 21. Carson Scholars Fund co-founder, Candy Carson, participated in the opening by sharing a few words with guests and students. Jeff Janower represented the Janower family.

The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded by retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. The purpose of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to create a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills. The reading project is dedicated to promoting reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.

Dr. Ben Carson credits reading as being a catalyst to his success. “When I was a child, reading allowed me to discover all the opportunities that the world has to offer,” said Dr. Carson. “There are endless possibilities for students when they discover the joy of reading and learning.  If children begin to challenge themselves to soak up all the information they can, they will certainly be able to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.”

This is the fifth Ben Carson Reading Room to be sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Janower.  According to Principal Ricardo Martin, “When I think about the indelible legacy left by Detroit native Dr. Benjamin Carson it reminds me of hope. Hope that someone can learn to overcome obstacles to read despite the psychological labels placed on him. Our global society themed reading room defines what it means to immeasurably see the world through the lens of reading by concentration and imagination. The Durfee family is extremely grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Janower’s investment in memory, communication and the mind of knowledge. This room signifies the excellence of reading as a gift for what is possible in all children.”

Currently, there are 114 Ben Carson Reading Rooms serving students in 16 states and Washington D.C.

The Carson Scholars Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1994 by world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy. The organization is dedicated to combating illiteracy and promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.

To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund, visit www.carsonscholars.org.

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