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Florida First Lady Ann Scott returns to school reading circuit in Pasco, Hernando

Florida First Lady Ann Scott reads to second graders at Pasco County's Odessa Elementary School.

Jeffrey S. Solochek

Florida First Lady Ann Scott reads to second graders at Pasco County's Odessa Elementary School.

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April

Florida First Lady Ann Scott "loves" to read to students.

It's a passion that brought her to schools in Pasco and Hernando counties on Wednesday, and will keep her going through the rest of her husband's term, Scott told second graders at Odessa Elementary School. Scott's recent trip to a Hillsborough school, which ended ended with apologies for inappropriate words in her chosen book, hasn't deterred her.

"I'm going to continue to visit all the schools that requested me," Scott said.

At Odessa Elementary, Scott read from younger fare -- Gaston and How Full Is Your Bucket? -- asking questions of the children throughout to be sure they understood the stories' messages. The children listened intently, responding politely. 

After finishing the books, Scott gave the children a chance to ask their own questions. They wanted to know if she likes her job, why she likes to read, and whether she lives in the White House. One perplexed boy told her, "I don't get who you are," giving Scott an opening to explain the role of the first lady and share pictures of the Governor's Mansion and her grandchildren.

Afterward, the kids thanked her, and she thanked them, and everyone hugged.

"I loved visiting your class," Scott told the second graders. "What are you all going to remember to do?"

"Read!" they cheered as she headed to a first grade classroom before returning home.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:46pm]

    

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