Gov. Scott, Wife Read to Pre-Schoolers, Get Mixed Reaction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott and wife Ann are helping promote a new literacy program relying on volunteers to read to children, but at least one tot is unimpressed.

Florida's first couple participated in the launch of "ReadingPals" on Tuesday at a Tallahassee library. They read a book called "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" to a group of preschoolers.

When the first lady asked the kids if they liked the story, one child emphatically shouted "No."

The adults on hand, though, were unanimously enthusiastic. They included Carol Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. She and her husband, Barney Barnett, are donating $3 million to United Way of Florida for ReadingPals.

Another partner is The Children's Movement of Florida, chaired by former Miami Herald publisher Dave Lawrence.

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