First Lady Haslam

Tennessee Residence Kitchen & Cutting Garden Wins International Excellence Award

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | 10:32 am

Garden wins international Search for Excellence award for best demonstration garden

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the Tennessee Residence Kitchen and Cutting Garden is first place in this year’s International Master Gardener Association Search for Excellence recognition program in the category of Best Demonstration Garden. The award recognizes the garden as the highest quality teaching garden within Master Gardener programs across the United States and Canada.

TDEC Promotes Sustainable Holiday Decorating

Friday, December 12, 2014 | 09:10 am

Sustainable decorations can reduce environmental impact during the holiday season

NASHVILLE – The holiday season can be a time for increased waste and consumption of natural materials, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is promoting sustainable decorating tips to help reduce the season’s environmental impact.

Tennessee State Parks Junior Rangers Make Holiday Visit to the Tennessee Residence

Saturday, December 06, 2014 | 07:30 pm

Event invites Junior Rangers to the Tennessee Residence for educational program and decoration viewing

NASHVILLE –Tennessee State Parks Junior Rangers from across the state today visited Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays open house at the Tennessee Residence to participate in a special holiday event. More than 30 Junior Rangers and their families were in attendance. They toured the residence decorated for the holidays and enjoyed games, a puppet show, and State Parks’ birds of prey and snake programs.

First Lady Crissy Haslam Participates in Family Reading Night

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 09:42 am
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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.

First Lady Crissy Haslam Invites Teachers to Train at The Tennessee Residence Kitchen and Cutting Garden

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 12:04 pm

Local Nashville teachers visit Tennessee’s executive residence to learn about growing a garden at their school

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted approximately 50 teachers from middle Tennessee at the Tennessee Residence to learn about setting up and maintaining a garden at their school. The free training was be led by the Tennessee Residence Master Gardeners and representatives from the UT Agriculture Extension office who covered topics including planning and designing a garden, grant writing, seed starting, tomato diseases and ideas to incorporate gardening into classroom curriculum.

“A garden can be a terrific tool for students to learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, science, problem-solving, sustainability and the environment,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Our Tennessee Residence Master Gardeners and the UT Agriculture Extension have been an asset for our garden and they are an excellent resource for teachers interested in beginning a garden.”

After the training, teachers enjoyed a fresh garden lunch prepared by Tennessee Residence Chef Stephen Ward and heard from guest speaker Jackie Contreras, Community Outreach Specialist for Community Food Advocates, to learn about growing food to promote the health. Each participant left with seed starter kits and information on how to maintain a successful garden.

First Lady Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at Discovery Park Of America

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 11:59 am

Event to encourage daily reading
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today visited Discovery Park of America in Union City to encourage daily reading with local children from Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee and Kare Bear day care at First Baptist Church of Union City. Approximately 20 3rd grade students joined Mrs. Haslam in the museum’s Starship Theater to read the July book of the month, One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh. Following the program, the students toured the museum’s exhibits to learn more about science, space and technology.
“There is tremendous academic value in reading for at least twenty minutes each day,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Daily reading can be even more important when students are out of the classroom, because children experience learning losses over the summer from simply being out of school.”

The First Lady’s Read20 Family Book Club features a new book and corresponding family activities each month as an additional tool for families to participate in daily reading. This month, the featured book is about Apollo 11, the American spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon, to highlight public libraries’ science summer reading theme Fizz, Boom, Read!.  

First Lady Haslam and Knoxville Police Department Partner to Distribute Books to Children

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 11:27 am

A collaborative initiative to promote summer reading

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today worked with Police Chief David Rausch and the Knoxville Police Department to bring the First Lady’s Read20 Book Patrol to Knoxville. The project, focused on encouraging summer reading and building relationships with children in the community, will have police officers carrying books in their car to give to children who might not have access to books at home.

Children from low‑income families are particularly vulnerable to summer learning loss, because they often have less access to books at home,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Police officers can be a great vehicle to get more books into the hands of children who need them most.”

Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House, donated more than 5,300 books for this statewide project. Approximately 1,100 of the books were allocated to Knoxville Police Department. During today’s visit, First Lady Haslam, Chief Rausch and KPD officers passed out books to children at the World’s Fair Park fountains, Ed Cothren Pool on Western Avenue and to children participating in summer camp at the Wee Course at Williams Creek Golf Course. The remaining books will be distributed by officers as they go about their daily work.

First Lady Haslam and Chattanooga Police Department Partner for Summer Reading Project

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 09:00 am

First Lady Crissy Haslam, Chattanooga Police Department deliver books to children to promote reading over the summer
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam and members of the Chattanooga Police Department, including Police Chief Fred Fletcher, today visited school-age children throughout the community to distribute books. The visits were a part of Mrs. Haslam’s Read20 Book Patrol, a partnership with law enforcement across the state to promote summer reading. Summer is a critical time for reading, as students who do not practice their literacy skills while they are out of school can fall years behind in reading.

“Over a number of years, the accumulated summer loss adds up to a serious achievement gap for children who do not read” Mrs. Haslam said.  “The negative consequences can amplify for children in low-income families, because they often have less access to books.”

First Lady Haslam and Nashville Police Department Partner to Distribute Books to Children

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 08:30 am

First Lady Crissy Haslam and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department work together to encourage summer reading
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam and members of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, including Chief of Police Steve Anderson, today visited the Martha O’Bryan Center in Cayce Place of East Nashville to deliver books to children. More than 70 students participating in the center’s THRIVE Summer Camp received a book to take home and heard an important message about summer reading.

“Summer learning loss experienced by children in elementary grades can have consequences that multiply throughout their schooling,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Daily reading is the most reliable path to becoming a strong student, and it’s important for children to have access to books at home.”