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Weekly Update – November 26, 2018

Are books on your Christmas list?

(if you need a good list, we’ve searched the internet and brought you several great lists of books for the holidays)

Strong literacy skills are one of the best gifts we can give our students. When our kids are strong readers, they are strong learners and strong contenders for academic and economic success. Kids who read today become learners for life.

That’s one of the reasons we launched Tristar Reads three years ago. As we move into the Holiday season, we’ll be traveling the state to award $1,000 college scholarships to this year’s three Tristar Reads winners. Be on the lookout for announcements regarding our last two winners.

We recently visited with Rowen Wilkinson and were thrilled to celebrate his success in reading this summer – and look forward to continuing to celebrate his success in life. Take a look at this Tennessean story highlighting Rowen’s outstanding dedication to literacy and help us celebrate the gifts reading brings.

Tristar Reads 2018 Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
615-983-6215 press@tnsuccess.org

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Scholarship Winners

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success, together with Tristar Reads, announces the winners of their 2018 summer reading challenge. Giving away college scholarships, Tristar Reads encourages Tennessee’s students to be lifelong readers and learners.

“More than 900 students logged over 251,000 minutes of time spent in a book this summer,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “When we launched this program, our goal was to keep Tennessee’s kids reading and mitigate the summer slump. From our recent NAEP and statewide assessment, we know there is a continued need to emphasize literacy at every grade level and in every classroom. Programs like Tristar Reads are one of the tools to incentivize reading throughout the year.” 

Tristar Reads is proud to award $1,000 college scholarships to the following outstanding Tennessee readers:

Kindergarten-5th Grade – Kyra Warrington, 4th Grade, Wayne County
6th-8th Grade – Rowen Wilkinson, 8th Grade, Sumner County
9th-12 Grade – Lauren Linden, 11th Grade, Hancock County

Lister continued: “A commitment to reading is a commitment to success not just in the classroom, but in life. When students, teachers, parents, and communities embrace the benefits of reading, everything is possible. We are encouraged by the continued interest and growth not just in our three college scholarships, but in keeping literacy skills sharp all year long.”

Running from May 1st – September 7th, Tristar Reads was borne of the necessity to keep Tennessee’s kids reading when away from their classrooms. When students read 20 minutes a day during their summer vacations, they are more likely to return to school ready for success in their next grade. In its third year, over 925 students logged their reading time, reading over 251,100 minutes this summer, and participating in the summer reading challenge. For more information on how to participate next year, please visit TristarReads.com.