- Reading can open doors to a whole new world and also to a successful future.

That's exactly what happened for retired world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.

Everyone was all smiles during the opening of the Dr. Ben Carson Reading Room at Washington Jackson Elementary.

But the fact that an estimated 32-million American adults cannot read is nothing to smile about.

That's why this room is so special.

Dr. Carson's scholarship foundation teamed with the Dillard Family Foundation and got an $11,000 grant to open it.

A short program was held before the ribbon cutting with Dr. Carson attending via Face Time.

His wife was present and very positive about she and her husband's passion at helping students enjoy reading.

"If we can kind of redirect those young people so they discover this love for learning early on, there's less chance that they're gonna be dropping out later and they'll become people who achieve," says Candy Carson, of Carson Scholarship Fund.

Achieving success actually starts with reading-- a fact Dr. Carson says he learned early on.

"I was considered the class dummy before my mother made me start reading books and I wasn't very enthusiastic about it," Dr. Carson says.

But he says as his intellect changed, so did his attitude.

"All of a sudden I knew stuff and that excited me.  I started reading everything I could get my hands on and in the space of a year and a half I went from the bottom of the class to the top of the class," Dr. Carson continued.

Now, Dr. Carson hopes to start a new chapter for students here, one that begins with the love of reading and ends with a successful future.

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