On Thursday, September 14, 2017, Marla Terwilliger, librarian at Lois Lenski Elementary in Centennial, got quite a shock. An unexpected package arrived, and when she opened it, she found that it was sent from the White House.
As part of Read a Book Day on September 6th, First Lady Melania Trump sent out books to elementary schools nationwide. Lenski Elementary, part of the Littleton Public School district, was the only Colorado school chosen by the First Lady and Department of Education to receive the set of 10 Dr. Seuss title selected by Mrs. Trump.
In a letter which accompanied the books, the First Lady wrote:
"Remember, the key to achieving your dreams begins with learning to read. Find what you enjoy, anything that interests you, and read about it. Every page will take you on an exciting journey. Please remember that you are the future of America and that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to Your education is the path to pursuing your happiness. Never stop learning and challenging yourself, and never ever give up on your dreams."
A White House press release dated September 6, 2017 stated "After working with the Department of Education to identify schools with programs that have achieved high standards of excellence, recognized by state and national awards and Blue Ribbon Awards, Mrs. Trump plans to send a school in each state a package..."