Continue reading to learn what's she most looking forward to at the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, her favorite books as a child and what inspired her love for reading.
Anita Bugg: Wow, you are going back in time for me. If I remember correctly, the Children's Defense Fund was operating "Freedom Schools," and one of its locations had fallen through. They turned to St. Ann's to host the summer program. Having the kids in the building brought a cool, spiritual vibe, and the church decided to become involved in the program. It has evolved from there. The name Hope Exchange was chosen because that's what the church felt was happening. We were giving hope to kids and families and they were giving hope back to us.
ENHE: What are you looking forward to most at the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction?
AB: Can I have a four way tie? Seeing long-time friends of ENHE, the thrill of bidding, the knowledge that the money raised will go to help a child become a strong reader, and of course, the wine.
ENHE: Where do you hope to see Nashville growing in the literacy realm in the next several years?
AB: I welcome the day that "lack of proficiency" is not the norm in Metro Schools. ENHE can become a model to help bury that phrase.
ENHE: What inspired your love for reading and writing?
AB: The Scholastic Book Club (I think they are known as Reading Clubs now) and a few key teachers who handed me challenging reading material on the side.
ENHE: What was your favorite book to read as a child, and why?
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton and "A Night To Remember," Walter Lord's amazing work about the sinking of Titanic. I still have my tattered paperback copies of both.