Bonsall Unified School District

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Ben Carson Reading Room opens at Bonsall West Elementary School

Through the generosity of John Kendall, the Carson Scholars Fund is pleased to announce the opening of the first Ben Carson Reading Room in San Diego County at Bonsall West Elementary School.

The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting took place April 25 at Bonsall West Elementary School. Colonel Michael J. Borgschulte, USMC, attended and spoke during the ceremony.

The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The Carson Scholars Fund was founded by retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy.

The purpose of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to create a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills. The reading project is dedicated to promoting reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential. Dr. Ben Carson credits reading as being a catalyst to his success.

“When I was a child, reading allowed me to discover all of the opportunities that the world had to offer,” said Dr. Carson. “There are endless possibilities for students when they discover the joy of reading and learning. If children begin to challenge themselves to soak up all of the information they can, they will certainly be able to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.” “Bonsall West Elementary is delighted to be the latest recipient of a Ben Carson Reading Room and to build our Book Barracks,” said principal Tina Calabrese. “With our close proximity to Camp Pendleton’s Marine base, our military themed room is the perfect addition to our school. The Bonsall West Colts are proud to provide a safe, inviting place for our students to go to read for pleasure before, during and after school.

“We are humbled to have been selected and join the numerous schools with hosting a reading room,” continued Calabrese. “We feel so fortunate to have been granted this most generous donation to highlight for our students the importance of reading.”

Currently, there are 142 Ben Carson Reading Rooms serving students in 18 states and Washington, DC. Bonsall West Elementary is the 14th reading room to be located in California.

To learn more about the Carson Scholars Fund visit