Reading to Achieve

WBTV Anchor and Co-Host of Carolina Camera John Carter speaks at Trinity Christian School's Read-A-Thon Kick-Off.
Feb. 08, 2013 @ 06:21 AM

"No matter what you want to do, reading will help you do it better," John Carter, WBTV anchor and co-host of Carolina Camera, told students at Trinity Christian School on Thursday.

Carter was the guest speaker for the school's third annual Read-A-Thon Kick-Off. He talked to students about the negative effects of watching too much television and why they should read more often.

"Anyone can watch TV. You don't have to go to school to watch it. You don't have to know anything, TV does everything for you. One thing that you can do to protect your brain from watching too much TV is to read," Carter said. "When you are reading, your brain is engaged in doing something. Your brain gets stronger when you are reading. Reading is the number one key to being successful later in life."

Carter told the students that there are no boring books, only boring readers. He then read "Everyone Poops" a book by Amanda Stinchecum, to demonstrate how reading can be fun.

"We need to get the message out about the importance of reading while they are young and very responsive," Carter said. "I read as much as I can. It has helped me in my career."

The Read-A-Thon is a way to encourage students to read and to raise money to update the school's curriculum.

"We are hoping to use the money to put a media center in our main building," said Priscilla McBrayer, dean of faculty.

The event lasts the entire month of February and the school is hoping to raise $5,000.

"Students give pledges, for instance, some say they will donate one penny for every minute they read. We collect all of the donations at the end and recognize the students for their hard work," said Donna Petty, fourth grade teacher. "A lot of students like to read, but there are still those reluctant readers. This gets them turned on to reading."

After the kick-off speech, the school presented a $500 donation to Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center in honor of Carter, who is currently battling prostate cancer. Jamie Ingraham, RRHS cancer outreach program manager, accepted the donation. The school sold reading buttons for $5 to raise the money for the donation.

"You guys are incredible, this is amazing," Carter told the students when the check was presented. "You are all helping save lives when you donate to RRHS. You have made a positive difference in the life of someone else."