First Lady Haslam

First Lady Crissy Haslam Introduces Student Field Trips at The Tennessee Residence

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 01:10 pm

New program invites students to visit Tennessee’s executive residence to learn about the history of the home

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted approximately 40 students from Bransford Pride Afterschool Program in Springfield, TN at the Tennessee Residence to launch a new field trip program at Tennessee’s executive residence.

The program invites students to visit the Tennessee Residence to learn about the history of the home and tour the grounds, including the Kitchen and Cutting Garden. Students will also have opportunities to participate in hands-on activities in the garden, such as planting, harvesting, composting and weeding. Reservations can be made free of charge through the First Lady’s website, http://www.tn.gov/firstlady/residence/tour-student.shtml.

First Lady Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event Highlighting Wilma Glodean Rudolph

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 03:00 am

Event pays tribute to a legendary Olympic champion from Tennessee
                              
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted Girls on the Run Nashville, a youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade, at Tennessee State University for a Read20 Family Book Club event highlighting Wilma Glodean Rudolph, a legendary Olympic champion who raced with the school’s track and field team.

Mrs. Haslam read the February book of the month, Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, and Chandra Chesseborough-Guice, head coach of the track and field program, spoke about Rudolph’s history at TSU. Following the program, Girls on the Run toured the school’s athletic facilities and performed drills with TSU’s track and field team.

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

Monday, December 02, 2013 | 04:16 pm

Third annual holiday open house event at the Tennessee Residence begins
                          
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today opened the Tennessee Residence for the third annual “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays” open house, an event inviting 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 Legends,” showcases influential people throughout our state’s history, including a tree for Tennessee Governors, Andrew Jackson, David Crockett, Sequoyah, and living legends Pat Summitt and Dolly Parton. Through partnerships with museums across the state, unique historical treasures, including David Crockett’s hunting rifle “Old Betsy” and a Cherokee hunting jacket exemplifying the type of clothing worn by Cherokees during Sequoyah’s time, are featured as part of the decorations. The museum pieces are supplemented with complimenting ornaments and decoration from Jim Marvin Collection, 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.

First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 | 11:37 am

NASHVILLE–First Lady Crissy Haslam visited The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee located in Hohenwald today to host a Read20 Family Book Club event at the sanctuary’s Welcome Center. 

Mrs. Haslam read the November Book of the Month, The Elephant Scientist, to 14 Lewis County Elementary School 3rd graders. Students from Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County in East Tennessee and students from John P. Freeman Optional School in Memphis participated by teleconference using the facility’s distance learning technology. Following the reading, the sanctuary’s Education Manager, Todd Montgomery, taught the students about elephant behavior and communication.

“The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants,” said Mrs. Haslam. “E-learning can be a great way to expand educational opportunities for students by providing innovative teaching from a distance.”

First Lady Crissy Haslam Promotes the Read20 Family Book Club through Annual Halloween Event

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 01:30 pm

First Lady Crissy Haslam visits Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders to encourage reading

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited approximately 80 Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club, a program inviting children and families to read together at least twenty minutes each day. 

With their school located less than one mile from the Tennessee Residence, Glendale Elementary 3rd graders dress in costume and walk to the Tennessee Residence each Halloween to read with the First Lady. Due to inclement weather, this year Mrs. Haslam visited the students at their school. The First Lady read C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the October Read20 Book of the Month, with students and delivered Halloween treats.

First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts 5th Biennial First Lady’s Luncheon to Benefit the Tennessee Residence Foundation

Thursday, October 03, 2013 | 11:36 am

Private fundraising event will help support the current landscape renovation project at the Tennessee Residence

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted the 5th biennial First Lady’s Luncheon to benefit the Tennessee Residence Foundation and the current project to renovate and restore the Tennessee Residence grounds. Proceeds from the event will help fund Phase III of the project, focusing on the addition of a Greenhouse and Secret Garden. The Greenhouse will reflect the home’s 1930s architecture while providing a place to grow heirloom seeds, and the Secret Garden will transform a disrupted side yard into an area for visitors to enjoy the property’s four seasons statues.  

 “Bill and I are so thankful to the many Tennesseans who have generously contributed to the historic preservation of Tennessee’s home, and we are thrilled to begin the next phase of the landscape renovation plan.”

Tennessee Launches "Welcome Baby" Initiative

Monday, September 30, 2013 | 09:48 am
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Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns

NASHVILLE – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort. Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks.

First Lady Haslam Hosts Tennessee Students to Begin Planting in the Kitchen and Cutting Garden

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 09:30 am

First Lady Crissy Haslam hosts students at the Tennessee Residence to begin planting in the newly constructed Kitchen and Cutting Garden

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted approximately 60 3rd grade students from Crieve Hall Elementary School in Nashville at the Tennessee Residence to begin planting in the newly constructed Kitchen and Cutting Garden.

Students joined Mrs. Haslam in the garden to read the September Read20 Book of the Month, Janet Steven’s Tops and Bottoms, a folktale about gardening and vegetables. Following the reading, students participated in 3 activity stations to kick off planting in the garden: a guided tour of the Tennessee Residence, a farm-to-table cooking lesson with Residence Chef Stephen Ward, and a garden station to plant the first vegetables in the new garden.

First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 09:20 am

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event today at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon to promote the importance of daily reading.

Approximately 90 3rd graders from Southside Elementary School in Lebanon joined Mrs. Haslam by campfire to read the August Book of the Month, Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. After the reading event, students visited the park’s Nature Center and hiking trails to learn more about Tennessee wildlife and forestry.

“There are many ways to enjoy reading, and it is important for children to explore different topics and styles of writing,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Children can grow love for reading by exploring topics that interest them, and sometimes they just need to find the right book!”