One eastern Kentucky middle school turned in to a library tonight.
The 12th annual Clay County Reading Celebration took place at the middle school.
The halls of Clay County Middle School were decorated in book covers. Your favorite characters came to life at the 12th annual Reading Celebration.
Local Businesses, local and state governments and individuals sponsor the event.
“Everybody comes together for one night to celebrate reading,” Founder Levi Alley says. “To celebrate literacy, to encourage it and to reward all of the amazing students who over this past year have worked so hard.”
“It's a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to come out together and to celebrate all the work they've done throughout the year,” Clay Co. Superintendent Reecia Samples says.
State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach was the guest speaker. He says Reading can take these kids anywhere they want to go.
“It gets the kids excited because they get to escape in to never-never land here and realize reading's all about taking you to different worlds and opening your eyes to new things,” Hollenbach says.
Alley says the reading celebration here in Clay County is a way to recognize their efforts and to move forward with their education.
“It's all about encouraging our students and improving their test scores and giving them the best shot available,” Alley says. “I'm not a rocket scientist but I can read. So if you give me enough time, enough people enough money and a book, I’ll put you on the moon.”
Officials with the Reading Celebration will continue this tradition for many years to come, just like books will continue expanding the minds of these kids.
Alley says every elementary school in Clay County participated in the awards ceremony tonight.