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First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Halloween Event at The Tennessee Residence

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 08:30am

Halloween reading event at the Tennessee Residence to encourage book club participation  

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted approximately 70 Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders at the Tennessee Residence today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club.  
Located less than one mile from the Tennessee Residence, Mrs. Haslam joined Glendale Elementary students, teachers, faculty, and parents in walking to the Tennessee Residence for the Halloween reading event. The students wore costumes and enjoyed a story from A.J. Hartley’s fantasy novel Darwin Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, the October Read20 Book of the Month, and Halloween treats.“There is tremendous academic value in reading for at least twenty minutes each day, and families can also enjoy the quality time spent together,” said Haslam. “I hope today’s Read20 event was an opportunity for students to understand the importance and fun of reading.”

As part of her initiative as First Lady, Mrs. Haslam has been promoting the importance of reading and parental engagement in children’s academic lives. Studies show that students can be far more successful in school when parents and families are collaborating together toward students’ academic success. Released just last week, much of the First Lady’s work in parent and community engagement in education and literacy development was compiled into a report, Parental Engagement in Tennessee: A Report on the Impact of Meaningful Academic Partnerships.
 “Students spend the majority of their time outside of the school building, so parents have an invaluable opportunity and responsibility to encourage education at home,” said Haslam. “The Read20 Book Club helps to provide families and communities another opportunity to talk about the value of literacy and education.”

For more information about the Read20 Family Book Club visit,, follow @Read20TN on Twitter, or go to your local public library. To access Parental Engagement in Tennessee: A Report on the Impact of Meaningful Academic Partnerships, visit

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