Ben Carson Reading Room To Open At Lookout Valley Elementary School

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Through the gift of The Deaver Phoenix Foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund announces the opening of the Ben Carson Reading Room at Lookout Valley Elementary School.  

The grand opening ceremony will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. at Lookout Valley Elementary School, 701 Brown’s Ferry Road.  This is the first Ben Carson Reading Room to be created in Chattanooga and the third to be established in Tennessee.  

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.”

"Lookout Valley Elementary School is honored to be the first school in Hamilton County and the third school in the state of Tennessee to join the collection of superb schools that are already a part of the Ben Carson Reading Project,” said Alisan Taylor, principal of Lookout Valley Elementary. “It is initiatives like this one that help provide our students of today with the necessary foundation skills so that they may become our scholars of tomorrow.” 

This is the third Ben Carson Reading Room to be sponsored by The Deaver Phoenix Foundation.  The Deaver Phoenix Foundation focuses on primary education and in creating environments where children have the opportunity to develop and learn.  

Shannon Kelley, director of The Deaver Pheonix Foundation said, “Everyone will have opportunities in their life, what makes the difference is what you do with those opportunities.” 

Currently, there are 137 Ben Carson Reading Rooms serving students in 17 states and Washington D.C. To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund visit www.carsonscholars.org.



Chattanooga Preparatory School Invites 300 Men To Welcome Inaugural Class

In 2016 local couple, Ted and Kelly Alling, decided to make a lasting impact on Chattanooga by extending diverse academic opportunities to the underserved young men of the city’s urban core. The idea came to them after they toured Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and thought how incredible it would be if boys and their families had a similar school. The ... (click for more)

MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation Announces Winners

The MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation has awarded 17 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year to Chattanooga area students representing 12 high schools in the region.  The foundation is a college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer or have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor. The awards are designed to ease ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman "Astounded" At Low Performance By Hamilton County Schools On TNReady; Dr. Johnson Says Some Gaps "Closing" Between County And State

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman said Thursday she was "astounded" by low performance on TNReady scores that were just released.   Noting that the county schools are below state levels in many areas, she said, "I am blown away. I am just astounded. We spend millions and ten millions and this is what we get."   She said, "If people want to know why ... (click for more)

Senator Corker Calls Judge Kavanaugh "A Superb Nominee"

 Senator Bob Corker on Thursday called Judge Brett Kavanaugh "a superb nominee" for the U.S. Supreme Court.   He made the statement after meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.   Senator Corker said, “I had a great meeting today with Judge Kavanaugh and think he is a superb nominee. It is inspiring to me to see ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (6)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)