Governor Herbert and Staff Visit Franklin Elementary School, Read to Students

Anna Lehnardt
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Anna Lehnardt

Governor Herbert and his staff visited Franklin Elementary School in Salt Lake City on April 18, 2019 to distribute donated books and read to the children.

In an assembly, the students of Franklin Elementary and their teachers gathered and listened attentively to Governor Herbert’s petition to get a good education and reach their full potential. He told them about his experience discovering his favorite childhood book, Tom Sawyer and how his fourth grade teacher inspired him to read by reading it aloud to his class. It was the summer after fourth grade that the to-be Governor Gary Herbert went to the library and got his first library card where he promptly checked out the sequel to Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He hopes examples from his own life will show students all over Utah that reading is an essential part of a good education, which will lead to success in the future.

Anna Lehnardt

The walls of Franklin Elementary are papered with the students’ impressive artwork. Original works of art almost cover from floor to ceiling. Illustrations of the students’ artistic talents and creativity are evident at every turn. One class of students presented a book of their renditions of places in Utah to the governor as a gift.

Anna Lehnardt
Anna Lehnardt
Anna Lehnardt
Anna Lehnardt

The governor and staff members visited different classrooms and read to the students. The students were attentive, energetic, and intelligent. They are a credit to their teachers and the administration at the school.

Anna Lehnardt
Anna Lehnardt

The governor and his staff are grateful to the teachers, administration, and students of Franklin Elementary for letting them visit.

Governor Herbert wishes students across the state a happy summer of reading.