First Lady Haslam

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:27 pm

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 | 10:00 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 | 09:30 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.”

First Lady Haslam Partners with Memphis Police Department to Encourage Summer Reading

Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 02:08 pm
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First Lady Crissy Haslam and Memphis Police Department deliver books to school-age children throughout Memphis 
                     
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Memphis today to launch the First Lady's Read20 Book Patrol, a project partnering with law enforcement across the state to encourage summer reading. Mrs. Haslam met with members of the Memphis Police Department at roll call to share more about her literacy initiative. Later in the day, Mrs. Haslam and more than 30 officers, including Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, delivered books to school-age children at summer camps and neighborhoods throughout the city.
 
The First Lady’s Read20 Book Patrol is an initiative to highlight the importance of reading over the summer to combat summer learning loss in elementary school students, and to encourage a positive relationship with law enforcement. Improving literacy can help a child be more successful in school and in life; it can also help reduce criminal behavior in a community, as people who have low literacy are statistically more likely to be involved in crime.
 
“Police officers are on the front lines and have influence over a community,” Mrs. Haslam said. “These site visits are a great opportunity for police officers to show their support for literacy and children in the community in a casual and supportive environment.”

First Lady Crissy Haslam Introduces New Tree Education Program at The Tennessee Residence

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 10:24 am

Students visit the Tennessee Residence on Earth Day to launch the “Tennessee Residence Tree-Mendous Trail”

NASHVILLE
– First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted approximately 25 3rd grade students from Algood Elementary School at the Tennessee Residence to launch a new tree education program on Earth Day. Created in partnership with Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, the Tennessee Residence Tree-Mendous Trail invites students to learn about and identify different trees located on the property.

“Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the natural beauty found across Tennessee,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Students can participate in the Tennessee Residence Tree-Mendous Trail to learn about how trees contribute to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife.”

Governor and First Lady Haslam Host 4th Annual Easter Egg Roll

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 10:45 am

Local Nashville daycare and Head Start students visit the Tennessee Residence for annual Easter event
                              
NASHVILLE
– Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted their 4th Annual Easter Egg Roll at the Tennessee Residence. Approximately 115 children from local daycare and Head Start centers attended the event to enjoy a variety of activities on the Tennessee Residence lawn.

In addition to Easter egg rolling, children participated in relay games, crafts, face painting, and a reading corner in support of First Lady Haslam’s early literacy initiative. Special guest readers included Governor and First Lady Haslam, Commissioner John Dreyzehner, Commissioner Julius Johnson, Smokey Bear, and Gnash the Nashville Predators team mascot.

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.”