Category: Tristar Reads

Take a Giant Leap with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting real life superheroes who take large steps of courage to explore other parts of this world. Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and keep reading because we only have a month left of Tristar Reads


Reading is Out of this World

Some superheroes are out of this world…literally. While most superheroes are earthbound, there are those who travel the space ways, fighting evil and protecting the innocent. Being a superhero means taking a leap of faith and getting out of your comfort zone. 

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was famously quoted when he stepped on the moon saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It takes courage, tenacity and determination to become an astronaut, which is one of the many reasons they are worth celebrating.

As the school year begins, it’s the perfect time to aim for the moon and stars and start the school year strong. There are many ways to step out of your comfort zone, and we want to encourage you to continue reading and expanding your mind in new ways!


Time is Running Out

Now is the time more than ever to sign up for Tristar Reads with only a month left! As you fly into the school year, continue to log your hours on tristarreads.com for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and many other exciting prizes!


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On the International Space Station, a real-life astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor reads A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi.

Enjoy Serena’s reading and take time today to think about the ways you can step out of your comfort zone while you learn new things. 

Click here to view the video. 

Use Your Voice with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting heroes from the past who have used their voice for good. Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and learn about ways you can use your superhero powers this summer with Tristar Reads


You Have the Right to Be Heard

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.”

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it! So what do you do with a voice like that?

Barbara’s story is one of perseverance and hard work. Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960’s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she endured through adversity to give a voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality and justice.

The possibilities are endless for those who walk through their fear and step out in courage – no matter how old you are or what your background may be. This week, we encourage all students to dream big which starts with learning and reading as much as you can! Take advantage of programs like Tristar Reads that reward you for reading. All you have to do is log your hours on tristarreads.com for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


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Melissa Spradlin is the Executive Director of Book’em whose mission is to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children discover the joy of reading and book ownership.

Enjoy Melissa’s reading of What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan written by Chris Barton. 

Click here to view the video. 


Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

How do you use your voice? Do you use it in a positive way? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below. 

Stay True to Who You Are with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting the most extraordinary superheroes…YOU! Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and learn about ways you can use your superhero powers this summer with Tristar Reads


You Are the Only You in the World 

Every human being that has ever lived, or will live, is unique. You are truly one-of-a-kind. Since you are so unique, why not celebrate that fact? Dare to be your own person and disregard what others may say or think.  

Every superhero has something that makes him or her stand out, so it’s time to stand out this summer by being committed to learning and growing. 

Below are a few quotes from real and everyday superheroes on being yourself:

“Life doesn't give us purpose. We give life purpose.” - The Flash

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” - Albert Einstein

“In a world of ordinary mortals, be a Wonder Woman!” - Wonder Woman’s Mom

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” - Winnie The Pooh

This summer, we are committed to preventing the summer slide and it starts by standing out. Join us as we log our reading hours and sign up for Tristar Readstoday! You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


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Enjoy this video of students with the Kindergarten Readiness Program at Camp Creek Elementary School in Greeneville, Tennessee. 

Click here to watch Nicolle read Caterina and the Lemonade Stand now!

When life gives you lemons…


Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Take time this week to point out the things in your friends and family that are unique and you love about them. And as always, don’t forget to log your time this week!

Engaging in Superhero Stories with Tristar Reads

As we enter into the final stretch of Tristar Reads, let’s continue to get lost in those good stories. Keep reading to learn how superheroes teach us about the art of storytelling with Tristar Reads.

The Art of Storytelling

Everyone loves a good superhero story and most superhero stories resemble fables. 

Fables are a beautiful way to teach your child about morals, life lessons and impart wisdom in an engaging manner. Fables are stories that have been passed down through generations, down to the present, to deliver important lessons about life, nature, love, friendship and moral teaching around good heartedness.

Generally, a fable is identified by three distinguishing characteristics:     

1. Characters are animals or inanimate objects that act like humans.
2. The story illustrates a moral lesson, most often included at the end.
3. The story is brief, usually no more than two to three pages in length.

Superhero stories do a wonderful job of teaching us how to live a life of integrity and value, which is often reflected in the characteristics of a fable. Let’s continue telling stories that use our imagination and teach us positive behavior.

We’re in the final stretch of Tristar Reads as it wraps up this week. Keep on reading and logging your hours at Tristar Reads. You don’t want to miss out on all the exciting prizes, especially the $1,000 scholarship!

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Our Superhero of the week is Paris Dabbs! Paris is a Greene County YMCA camp counselor.

Paris and her friends are practicing reading and their skit skills together.  

Click here to watch their special rehearsal of The Three Little Pigs.  Enjoy!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 12:

Great job with logging your reading hours so far! Our challenge this week is to read and log at least 100 minutes. Forward this email to friends so they can get involved too.