Johna Edmonds visits Graham A. Barden Elementary School

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Peter John Jackson, left, a first-grader at Graham A. Barden Elementary School in Havelock, gets a book autograpphed by Johna Edmonds, the reigning Miss North Carolina, on Tuesday. Edmonds attended a book fair at the school to promote literacy.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

Johna Edmonds doesn’t want to be known as just another pretty face. Miss North Carolina said she wanted to leave a legacy of literacy.

Edmonds participated in the Reading Oasis Book Fair Tuesday at Graham A. Barden Elementary School in Havelock, speaking with teachers, parents and students about the importance of literacy.

“For me, especially growing up, there were always a lot of hindrances,” Edmonds said of reading. “I want to share my story to let them know you can dream as far and wide as you want to. You just have to put you mind to it.”

The Lumberton native said she struggled with reading in the second grade when books stopped having pictures as guidelines.

“I struggled with comprehension because there were no more pictures in the books,” she said.

Edmonds said she had known for some time that she wanted literacy to be the main focus of her year-long service platform as Miss North Carolina.

The North Carolina State University graduate said that being Miss North Carolina is not just about being pretty.

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