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Friday, January 18, 2013

Northern fourth-graders co-star in Jane Beshear’s ‘Feed the Mind – Kentucky’ PSA

Northern Elementary fourth-graders joined Superintendent Tom Shelton and Kentucky's first lady, Jane Beshear, in filming a PSA for LEX18. From left: Demaria Black, Ethan Hernandez, Cozby Ruiz, Haillie Workman, Mason Clark and Pierre Petit Frere. (Photo from FCPS)


A handful of fourth-graders at Northern Elementary School shared the spotlight with the state’s first lady, Jane Beshear, and schools Superintendent Tom Shelton for a PSA promoting a regional literacy event called “Feed the Mind – Kentucky.”

Principal Meredith McCauley selected the youngsters, most of whom have attended Northern since kindergarten.

“They are super hard workers and have good character, and I knew they wouldn’t be nervous but excited about the opportunity,” she said Thursday as a WLEX-TV crew set up equipment in the school’s library.

Demaria Black, Mason Clark, Ethan Hernandez, Pierre Petit Frere, Cozby Ruiz and Haillie Workman gathered around Beshear and Shelton for the opening of the 30-second spot as the first lady noted, “One of the most lasting gifts we can give our children is the love of reading.”

The script had Shelton offering some details about March 1, when fourth-graders throughout Central Kentucky are invited to Rupp Arena for a two-hour celebration of reading. The morning will feature Beshear, a children’s author, a free book for each student and resource booths set up by the Kentucky Department of Education and the national “No Kid Hungry” program. This inaugural event kicks off the third annual Kentucky Literacy Celebration, set for March 4-8.

LEX18 will air the promo in the coming weeks. Seated around a library table with books in hand, the Northern students wrapped up the public service announcement with their big line, in unison and with enthusiasm: “Feed the Mind!”

Tammy Lane is a writer for FCPS



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