• First Lady Crissy Haslam Visits Frayser Achievement Elementary School in Memphis

    Wednesday, March 06, 2013 | 3:30am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Frayser Achievement Elementary School in Memphis today to encourage student participation in the Read20 Family Book Club. Mrs. Haslam read Laurie Halse Anderson’s Independent Dames to approximately 40 students and donated books to the school. Anderson’s Independent Dames, a book with stories about women who influenced the Revolutionary War, is featured as the Read20 Book of the Month to commemorate Women’s History Month in March.

     “Literacy can be the most important skill to promote success in school and in life,” said Mrs. Haslam. “The Read20 Family Book Club aims to provide students with fun reading experiences and encourage them to practice their literacy skills for at least twenty minutes each day.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Participates in Read Across America

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013 | 3:30am

    Nationwide reading event to promote the importance of early literacy

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam read to hundreds of students at Red Boiling Springs Elementary School in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. today as part of the school’s Read Across America celebration. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Suess’ birthday. Mrs. Haslam joined Red Boiling Springs students in viewing their school-wide book parade featuring floats depicting scenes from their favorite books and read with students following the parade.

    “Read Across America is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of reading to children at an early age,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Literacy is the number-one predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in later grades.” 

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Participates in Read Me Week

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 3:30am

    Mrs. Haslam visits East Hickman Elementary School to highlight the importance and fun of reading.

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam encouraged reading among children today at East Hickman Elementary School in Lyles, Tenn. by participating in Read Me Week. Sponsored by the nonprofit Book’em, Read Me Week encourages businesses and organizations to adopt a Nashville area school and recruit volunteers to read at the school during the week. Today, Mrs. Haslam visited with more than 145 Kindergarten students and shared her passion for reading.
    “Children often perform better in school when they enjoy reading,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Special events like Read Me Week can help foster love for reading among young students and encourage them to be engaged learners as they go through school.”

    Read Me Week was started at East Hickman Elementary School in 1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher at the school. The event was called “Read Me Week” because students, teachers and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it, providing an opportunity for children to “read the reader.”  With the help of community volunteers, more than one thousand reading hours are donated to Nashville area elementary and preschools schools during Read Me Week each year.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at the Tennessee State Museum

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 5:00am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event commemorating African American History Month today at the Tennessee State Museum. More than 60 3rd grade students from Lockland Elementary School in east Nashville joined Mrs. Haslam to read the February Book of the Month, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, and discuss the important contributions of American civil rights leaders. Following the reading event, students toured the museum’s Discovering the Civil War exhibit featuring important documents and artifacts relating to African American History.

    “We are excited to feature a book highlighting one of America’s most impactful civil rights leaders during African American History Month,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Reading non-fiction books can be especially beneficial, because students can practice essential reading skills, with the added bonus of learning something new and factual.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at the Tennessee Aquarium

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 6:23am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event today at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Mrs. Haslam read the January Book of the Month, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, to approximately 20 Normal Park Museum Magnet School 3rd graders. The group met in the Penguin Gallery and discussed the value of reading 20 minutes each day.
     
    “We are very grateful to the Tennessee Aquarium for helping us to provide an interactive learning experience for the students,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Children can be more engaged in reading when books are related to real-life experiences, and we have had a special opportunity to do that today.”

    As First Lady of Tennessee, Mrs. Haslam has been promoting the value of reading at least 20 minutes each day by encouraging participation in her Read20 Family Book Club. Research shows that 20 minutes of reading each day can increase a child’s school performance considerably. The book club gives Tennessee families a fun goal of reading together every day by featuring a new book and corresponding family friendly activities each month.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Holiday Event at the Nashville Public Library

    Thursday, December 06, 2012 | 3:44am

    Event to promote reading 20 minutes each day throughout the holidays

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited with more than 60 preschool and kindergarten students today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club. The students joined Mrs. Haslam for holiday crafts and a reading of Colleen Monroe’s A Wish to be a Christmas Tree, the December Book of the Month. Friends of the Library donated a copy of the book to each student in attendance.
     
    The Read20 Family Book Club was launched last summer to highlight the importance of early literacy and parental engagement in children’s academic lives, encouraging Tennessee families to read together for at least 20 minutes each day.

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  • Governor and First Lady Haslam Host “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays”

    Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 3:39am

    Second annual holiday open house event at the Tennessee Residence begins
                              
    NASHVILLE – Governor and First Lady Haslam will host their second annual “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays,” an Open House event available to all Tennesseans to tour the holiday decorations at the executive residence during the first two weeks in December.

    This year’s holiday décor theme, “Tennessee Music,” was accomplished through partnerships with the Museum of Appalachia in East Tennessee, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Middle Tennessee, and Stax Museum in West Tennessee. Authentic pieces and reproductions from the museums’ collections were incorporated into the holiday decorations to represent Tennessee’s rich musical heritage. The museum pieces were supplemented with complimenting ornaments and decoration support from Jim Marvin, based in Dickson, Tennessee.  Marvin is known internationally for his holiday design and has assisted in decorating the White House for the holidays since 1997.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Helps Launch the 3rd Chapter of First Ladies for Healthy Babies in Knoxville

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 | 4:30am

    A statewide initiative to create awareness for healthy early child development and parent practices, as well as mentorship opportunities for young parents

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    – First Lady Crissy Haslam today met with women from the faith-based community at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville to help launch the Knoxville Chapter of First Ladies for Healthy Babies.

    More than 150 First Ladies and leading ladies of churches in the Knoxville area attended the event to learn more about healthy early child development and parent practices, as well as mentorship opportunities for young parents in their community.

    “First Ladies and leading ladies of churches are in a great position to raise awareness for the importance of healthy early development and ensuring that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher,” said Haslam. “Often these young parents go to leaders in the faith-based community as a trusted resource within their community.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Promotes the Read20 Family Book Club at Hickman Elementary School

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 | 3:18am

    Reading event to promote the importance of reading at least 20 minutes each day

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    – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited with more than 100 Hickman Elementary School 3rd graders today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club.  Mrs. Haslam read Winnie-the-Pooh, the November Read20 Book of the Month, to students and donated books to the school library.  
     
    Launched on June 2012, the Read20 Family Book Club was created to highlight the importance of early literacy and parental engagement in children’s academic lives, encouraging Tennessee families to read together for at least 20 minutes each day.

    “Literacy can be the single-most important skill for children to be successful in school,” said Haslam. “Families have an opportunity to promote academic success when they work with their child’s school to encourage reading and reinforce learning in the home.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Halloween Event at The Tennessee Residence

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 8:30am

    Halloween reading event at the Tennessee Residence to encourage book club participation  

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted approximately 70 Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders at the Tennessee Residence today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club.  
     
    Located less than one mile from the Tennessee Residence, Mrs. Haslam joined Glendale Elementary students, teachers, faculty, and parents in walking to the Tennessee Residence for the Halloween reading event. The students wore costumes and enjoyed a story from A.J. Hartley’s fantasy novel Darwin Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, the October Read20 Book of the Month, and Halloween treats.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Releases Report on the Importance of Parent Engagement in Tennessee

    Friday, October 26, 2012 | 4:30am

    First Lady Haslam releases a report on the impact of meaningful academic partnerships at 2012 MNPS Parent Engagement Summit in Nashville

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the release of Parental Engagement in Tennessee: A Report on the Impact of Meaningful Academic Partnerships at the 2012 MNPS Parent Engagement Summit. The event was attended by more than 300 MNPS teachers, administrators, parents, and representatives from local community organizations.

    As part of the First Lady’s initiative, Haslam spent the 2011-2012 school year visiting schools across the state to learn from principals, teachers, students, and parents about the value of parent and community engagement in education and literacy development. Presented by the Office of the First Lady, the report compiles much of the information gathered during the First Lady’s School Partnerships and highlights the importance of schools and families working together to support student learning.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam to Participate in 2012 MNPS Parent Engagement Summit

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 5:03am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam will speak at the 2012 MNPS Parent Engagement Summit on Friday. The purpose of the summit is to provide a call to action and an opportunity for school based staff to receive training and to engage in cross-departmental conversations about the needs, challenges, and opportunities in reaching out and partnering with parents across the district.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Participates in the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 9:30am

    First Lady Crissy Haslam hosts a Read20 Family Book Club event for children and families at the festival

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club promotional event today at the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books. Mrs. Haslam read A.J. Hartley’s Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, the October Book of the Month, to children at the event and encouraged book club participation, asking families to read together for at least 20 minutes each day. Mr. Hartley joined Mrs. Haslam for the event by reading and talking about his book.

    “It was very special to have Mr. Hartley, the author of this month’s Book of the Month, join us in promoting the Read20 Family Book Club today,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Fostering a love for reading and encouraging the joy of literature in children is very important. The book club helps families enjoy reading time together, so that children understand the importance of literacy early in life.” 

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Participates in a Record-Breaking Read-In

    Tuesday, October 02, 2012 | 2:29am

    Event at Karns Elementary School in Knoxville to help create excitement for reading

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam participated in Karns Elementary School’s record-breaking read-in today to emphasize the importance of reading. Mrs. Haslam joined special guests from the community and more than 1,300 Karns Elementary students and teachers to help break Universal Record Database’s record for the largest audience in attendance at a children's storybook reading.
     
    “It is important to keep students enthusiastic about reading, because literacy is the foundation for academic success,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Today's event is a great example of ways schools and communities can come together to highlight the importance of reading.”

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  • Tennessee First Lady Completes August Statewide Swing to Promote Imagination Library and Read20 Family Book Club in Middle Tennessee

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 12:28pm

    First Lady Crissy Haslam promotes Imagination Library and READ20 Family Book Club in Rutherford, Bedford, Marshall, Maury and Cheatham counties
     
    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam concluded her August statewide swing to promote the Imagination Library and her READ20 Family Book Club today with stops in Rutherford, Bedford, Marshall, Maury and Cheatham counties.

    As part of her initiative to encourage early literacy and parental engagement in children’s academic lives, Mrs. Haslam attended events in Rutherford and Bedford counties to promote their local Imagination Library, a program that puts free, high-quality, age-appropriate books in the hands of registered Tennessee children statewide. Mrs. Haslam also visited libraries in Marshall and Maury counties and the Cheatham County Fair to encourage participation in her READ20 Family Book Club, a program encouraging Tennessee families to read together for at least 20 minutes each day.

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