Lincoln Middle School students who read one million words or more this school year were treated to a meet and greet Monday with Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer. Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minny, the maid in the 2011 film The Help.
The third annual Celebration of Readers was held at Lincoln Middle School , where over 400 elementary and middle school students were recognized for reading a million words or more throughout the school year, the Record-Journal reported.
Spencer, an advocate for literacy in America, signed copies of her novel, “The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.” Three other popular authors, Tony DiTerlizzi, who wrote “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” Marilyn Nelson, who wrote “How I Discovered Poetry,” and Nora Raleigh Baskin, who wrote “Anything But Typical” were also in attendance.
Octavia Spencer has been traveling the country since 2011 to promote literacy through book signings, educational events and also by signing the American Library Association's Declaration last year. Her messages to students often include an emphasis on the importance and excitement of reading.