Buford Academy second grader Kennedy Livesay has been selected as a Reader Spotlight by the school’s media specialist, Lana Nix. 

“I picked Kennedy for the Reader Spotlight for Buford Academy because she is an absolute delight,” Nix said. “She is always so upbeat and one of the most helpful and friendliest of students.”   

As a reader, Kennedy’s favorite books are part of the series “Ordinary People Change the World” written by best-selling author Brad Meltzer and brought to life by award-winning illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. The picture books strive to give young readers like Kennedy heroes to look up to and emulate and seek to help kids build character, kindness and compassion, one real hero at a time.

“Many of the books have taught (Kennedy) that she can be anything she wants to be,” Nix said. “They have taught her that girls can be strong and brave too.”

Heroes who have been featured in the series include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mister Rogers, John Lewis, Temple Grandin, Dolly Parton, Muhammad Ali, Benjamin Franklin, Anne Frank and others. Kennedy’s favorite book in the series so far is “I Am Sacagawea.” 

Kennedy is a student in Mrs. Noah Smith’s class. She loves to play tag, read, write in her diary and play with her best friends. She is on a soccer team and enjoys playing defense.

An interesting fact about Kennedy is that she plays the electric guitar, and she is very excited about an upcoming concert. 

Kennedy is the daughter of Zack and Lauren Livesay. She has a younger sister, Madison. The family has three cats and two dogs.

The Buford City Schools Reader Spotlight is made possible by the generosity of Peoples Bank & Trust, 1899 Buford Highway, Buford GA 30518, (770) 932-1900.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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