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    Principal Michael Powell                                                                  Assistant Principal Ketia Singleton

Chalk Talk with Principal Powell

Our vision for John B. Cary Elementary School is to ensure that our students are college and or career ready without exception.

Our Five Core Values:

1. Each scholar at our school is Challenged academically and is prepared for their college and or career without exception.

2. Each scholar enters school Healthy and able to make healthy decisions.

3. Each scholar is Engaged in their learning and ask questions

4. Each scholar is Safe and surrounded by caring adults.

5. Each scholar is Service-driven and works to make a positive difference in the world.

Quote of the Month: There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” —Jacqueline Kennedy

Why have The Richmond Book Festival at Cary Elementary?

It has been said, Reading not only has tremendous power when it comes to fueling the development of all aspects of language ability, its importance to the entirety of a human life in this day and age really can’t be overstated. When talking about the importance of literacy, Former UN Secretary Kofi Annan stated, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” And, Poet Maya Angelou went on and stated, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him.” It is clear that some of the greatest scholars understood the importance of reading and literacy, yet, according to the Read Center here in Richmond Virginia states that approximately 20% of our friends, family members, and neighbors are functionally illiterate today.

Imagine encountering a world where you could not understand street signs, nutritional labels or could not read a nighttime story to your child. Yet, for hundreds of people this is a reality. The administration, staff, students and parents in Cougar Nation are doing something about this. We realize that reading is complex thinking. We know that good readers are able to connect the printed letters they read to specific sound patterns. This connection allows for decoding, fluency and meaning to take place. We also know that modeling matters. In short, when children see caring adults reading or when they are read to this accelerates the passion to read.

The ‘WHY’ behind us creating The Richmond Book Festival is very clear. Most of the challenges that we have as a society is connected to literacy. Make no mistake about it, now is the time and Cary Elementary is the place.

Join us May 21, 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm, here at Cary Elementary. There will be food, family and fun. The book festival will feature authors, robots, panel discussions, silent auctions, and so much more. I look forward to seeing you soon. Please contact the Cary PTA for additional information at

See you soon!

Yours in Service,

Michael Powell

Principal Powell