Johna Edmonds visits Graham A. Barden Elementary School

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

“It’s not always about how beautiful you are on the outside,” Edmonds said. “I want my legacy to be the work that I’ve done with my platform.”

Libby Greene, media coordinator at Graham A. Barden, organized Edmonds’ visit for the book fair.

“I was actually reading a lot about her program on literacy and I messaged her on Facebook,” Greene said. “I looked up her contact information and found her.”

Teachers and students alike stepped up to have newly purchased books autographed by Edmonds. Alina Jackson, a fourth-grader, was one of them.

“It was awesome, because this was my first time getting a book signed,” said Jackson.

In the book, Edmonds wrote “Always Dream Big.”

“I couldn’t wait for her to get here, because she is so excited about literacy,” said Christine White, a reading teacher at the school.

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