Florida First Lady Ann Scott joined Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which takes place January 23 – 27, 2017. This year’s theme is “Literacy Changes Our World!”

Today’s kick off event took place at Fort Lauderdale High School. Joining First Lady Scott were Florida K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Hershel Lyons; Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Richard Myhre; New York Times best selling author Brad Meltzer; School Board Member Heather Brinkworth and Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.

“As educators, it is our responsibility to help our students develop a lifelong love or learning and literacy,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Today’s event was truly inspiring, as we helped to kick off such an important statewide event.”

The District has partnered with several businesses, early childhood stakeholders and organizations, including, United Way of Broward County, Children’s Services Council, Early Learning Coalition and Broward County Commission to launch the Broward Reads Campaign around the vision of reading proficiency for all children.

Students from Fort Lauderdale High School, Sunrise Middle School, Bayview Elementary School, Bennett Elementary School, Walker Elementary School and Wilton Manors Elementary School provided special presentations, musical performances and poetry readings during the program. Students also showcased their foreign language reading and literacy skills by reciting in American Sign Language, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Mandarin Chinese.