To kick off the statewide program, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! first lady Ann Scott paid a visit Monday, Jan. 23, to Sarasota Middle School.
Accompanied by a brass band, high-stepping cheerleaders, two mascots — including Clifford the Big Red Dog — assorted dignitaries and a gymnasium packed with enthusiastic readers from all grade levels, Scott emphasized the importance of literacy.
The event included presentations by local and state officials and a popular author of young-adult fiction.
Roxie Jerde, president of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, said the foundation is investing more than $260,000 a year in middle-school literacy programs.