First Lady Haslam visits Arlington Elementary School to encourage families to spend quality time reading together
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam last night visited Arlington Elementary School in Jackson, TN to participate in their Family Reading Night. The school’s monthly event encourages families to spend quality time reading together and helps to increase parental involvement in education and improve students’ literacy skills. This month’s Family Reading Night highlighted the First Lady’s Read20 Book of the Month, Phyllis Reynolds’ Shiloh, and families participated in activities planned around the book.
“I am thrilled to encourage reading with Arlington Elementary families,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Parents have the power to boost their children's learning potential by making books an integral and enjoyable part of their lives.”
Mrs. Haslam hosted a special Read20 Family Book Club program for families in the school’s library to discuss the Book of the Month and the importance of daily reading. As part of their Summer Reading Challenge program, Scholastic donated more than 500 copies of Reynolds’ Shiloh to Arlington Elementary School students in May 2014 for families to read the book over the summer in preparation for Mrs. Haslam’s visit.