Welcoming the newest Floridians: Florida’s First Lady promotes healthy families and early literacy

Ann Scott

Nolan and Nicole Weeks (holding baby Ashlynn) pose with Florida’s First Lady, Ann Scott during her visit to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Thursday.

Kathy Harrison | The Sun
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 04:42 PM.

  Florida ’s First Lady, Ann Scott, visited Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast Thursday morning to welcome new babies, and share her baby journal, ‘Love. Read. Learn!’

As a proud grandmother of three boys, Scott said that she loves being around children, and one of her favorite pastimes is reading to them.

Reading is a passion I shared with my daughters, and that they are sharing now with my grandsons,” she said. “The earlier they start reading, the better they do in school, and in life.”

“Love. Read. Learn!” focuses on reading and literacy, as well as healthy lifestyles for children and families, Scott told those gathered at the hospital.

The visiting dignitary stopped by two rooms in the Family Birth Place center. The first room was the temporary home of Billy and Jessica Dawkins of Defuniak who had just welcomed their third child, Connor Timothy Dawkins one day prior.

Jessica, who is a third grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary School, said she shares the first lady’s love for reading and education and that she often finds her 9-year-old daughter up before dawn reading in the living room.

“She just can’t stand it, she has to know what is going to happen next,” she said.

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