Florida's First Lady Visits Panama City School

By: Sanika Dange Email
By: Sanika Dange Email
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Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City played host to Florida's First Lady Ann Scott.

The governor's wife visited some elementary and middle school students, taking time to read to the classes and answer questions about the governor's mansion.

They aren't old enough to vote, but the kindergarteners asked some hard-hitting questions.

Florida First Lady Ann Scott says, "It's so fun listening to them. They ask good questions, they ask funny questions, and it's fun just interacting with the children."

First Lady Ann Scott spent Thursday morning reading to kindergarteners at Bay Haven Charter Academy, then headed to the middle school to meet a 7th grade civics class.

Eighth grade teacher Wendy Woodrick reached out to the Governor's Mansion a couple weeks ago, but never expected this sort of response.

She explains, "In the newsletter this summer, they said Mrs. Scott is visiting schools around the state. If you'd like her to come visit your school, just let us know. So I emailed."

Principal Larry Bolinger continues, "[She] emailed the Governor's office to ask if the Governor's wife, Mrs. Scott could come visit us sometime and visit one of our social studies classes."

Assistant Principal Jamie Vickers says, "We were very excited when we heard that she was coming. The students were ecstatic."

Seventh grader Elizabeth Henry says she initially had her doubts. "You just think 'oh, so she's coming, and there may be something wrong and she might not actually come', so it was quite exciting to see her actually walk through the door."

Her classmate Trinity Sellers says, "It's nice seeing history first hand because you want to learn about it more when you hear it from different people."

Scott seemed just as pleased, saying, "Oh, very rewarding. I would definitely come back."

Scott also visited Patronis Elementary School this morning.

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