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L. F. Henderson Intermediate School students and 15 guest readers from Domtar, the Ashdown, Ark., paper mill, participated in the 11th Annual Ben Carson Reading Day on Nov. 14.

"The Carson Scholars Fund believes it is important for children to see adults engaged in reading," said Amy Warner, a spokesperson for the Carson Reading Room program.

"Thanks to the support of Domtar paper mill, L. F. Henderson had 15 special guest readers from Domtar to read with students in their new Ben Carson Reading Room. The Ben Carson Reading Room at L. F. Henderson opened on April 22 and was sponsored by Domtar," she said.

"Ben Carson Reading Day is a national literacy event each November in conjunction with American Education Week to raise awareness of the importance of everyday leisure reading," Warner said.

The 11th Annual Ben Carson Reading Day was made possible through a partnership with the James A. & Ruth D. Neff Historical Foundation. In addition to sponsoring the event, all Ben Carson Reading Room schools received a copy of "Johnny Tremaine" to promote the foundation's mission.

To celebrate, Ben Carson Reading Room elementary schools received a copy of "The Raft" by Jim LaMarche, a story about a young boy exploring wildlife, developing special relationships and discovering his talents.

"Reading room school students viewed a special narration of the book featuring Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson," she said.

Parents are encouraged to read with their children. Video narration of "The Raft" can be viewed on the Carson Scholars Fund's website by visiting www.carsonscholars.org.

The Carson Scholars Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, founded in 1994 by retired, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, New York Times bestselling authors .

Dr. Carson credits reading as being the catalyst of his success. The Ben Carson Reading Project was started as an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund to combat illiteracy and promote leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child's full potential, Warner said.

A total of 160 Ben Carson Reading Rooms have been established in 21 states and Washington, D.C.

The Carson Scholars Fund is independent of any political affiliation and committed to the non-partisan work of improving education, promoting literacy, and rewarding academic excellence.

For more information on the Ben Carson Reading Project, visit www.carsonscholars.org.

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