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Tennesseans for Student Success Launches Tristar Reads

Tennesseans for Student Success Launches Tristar Reads

NASHVILLE  Tennesseans for Student Success today kicks off their third annual summer reading initiative, Tristar Reads. The college scholarship opportunity encourages students to spend at least twenty minutes a day imagining their adventure in a book.

“Tristar Reads is a fun and rewarding way to encourage reading during the summer months,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “We’re inviting all Tennessee students – from Kindergarten to 12th grade – to read with us this summer. As they read and log their reading time at, they will be entered to win one of our three $1,000 college scholarships.”

Lister continued: “When we meet with educators across the state, we hear about a key component missing in students’ summers: daily reading. Three years ago, we launched Tristar Reads to encourage students to spend twenty minutes a day reading and help stop the summer literacy slide. The lack of continued reading can cause a drop in proficiency. As our students excitedly head to the next grade, we wanted to make sure they were ready for success on day one.”

Tristar Reads will run from May 1st – September 7th and is open to all Tennessee students. Please visit for rules of entry, suggested reading lists, and more information.

Weekly Update – April 30, 2018

We love this time of year when the summer is on the horizon, plans for fun are being made, and excitement hangs on the calendar. We’re especially fond of this particular time of year as tomorrow we’ll launch our 3rd annual summer reading initiative – Tristar Reads.

Tristar Reads is more than a reading program – it’s a scholarship opportunity. After all the reading hours have been logged, we’ll award three Tennessee students with $1,000 college scholarships. It’s a great way to get your students, baseball team, Vacation Bible School, and friends involved in the joy and adventure of reading.

As well, throughout the summer, we’ll post and host various Tennesseans for our weekly reading session on Facebook. Here are some of our favorite videos from last year.

We know the summer gets busy, but we also know the importance of reading comprehension, literacy, and vocabulary that comes from reading at least 20 minutes a day – even during the summer. We hope you’ll encourage all the Kindergarten – 12th graders you know to sign up at and help them find their adventure in a book this summer.

For more information and rules of entry, please visit