First Lady Participates in “Readers are Leaders” Student AssemblyThursday, November 03, 2011 | 11:50 am
First Lady Crissy Haslam reads to 330 students at Overbrook School in Nashville
NASHVILLE—First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Overbrook School in Nashville today to celebrate and promote a love of reading among students as part of the “Readers are Leaders” program. Overbrook School started the program in 1989, which includes a school-wide assembly where local celebrity guests read their favorite books to students.
This year, as part of the “Readers are Leaders” event, Overbrook families and students collected books for children in need. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. The book drive resulted in 2,500 books given in Mrs. Haslam’s honor to be distributed in low-income communities statewide.
“I am so grateful for the book donation from Overbrook School,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Their hard work puts books in the hands of children who wouldn’t have them otherwise.”
Mrs. Haslam also toured classrooms at Overbrook School and delivered her READ 20 message to students and families about the importance of reading for at least 20 minutes every day.