A reading teacher turned philanthropist makes ‘Words’ happen
It took a former Montgomery County Public Schools reading teacher from Bethesda’s Burning Tree Elementary School to commit $20 million of her own money to help finance the $50 million Planet Word, a museum planned for the former Franklin School that will feature language and linguistics [“On historic D.C. building’s fate, the latest word is: Words,” news, Jan. 26]. In these days of video games and emoji, it took a reading teacher turned philanthropist to show us all that speech, literature, journalism and poetry must be valued to ensure that our American democracy continues via the written and spoken word. Thank you, Ann Friedman.
Reading instructors and English teachers nationwide are singing Ms. Freidman’s praises for helping promote the most basic of skills that forever set people free from ignorance, prejudice and enslavement. I hope she will seek input from them and place many in the company of her “informal” experts for ideas and inspiration as they too deal with words and language on a daily basis. Many people may also wish to be part of her fundraising efforts because they hold words and language as sacred as she and share her same passion.
Kathy A. Megyeri,
Thank you, Ann Friedman.