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We’ve got a special REAL LIFE superhero this week with some awesome reading skills about an essential part of reading to share! Also, keep reading to learn how to show off your superhero skills and get to reading this summer

Explore Different Types of Reading

Even in an age when interactive maps and atlases are widely available, understanding how to read them is still a critical part of literacy. What would happen if a Superhero lost his/her power for just one minute? Would they be able to find the person in trouble? Maps are important to locate important places and also study and compare different locations. They even can help predict the weather!

Maps represent the real world on a much smaller scale. With all the many different types of maps available, they have multiple functions. They help you travel from one location to another, organize information, and figure out where you are and how to get where you want to go. 

Put your reading skills to the test with Tristar Reads this summer! If you’re the parent of or are a Tennessee student grades K-12, sign up online and you’ll also have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

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Our featured superhero of the week isSuper Ranger Eric Runkle.

He has been a park ranger at Montgomery Bell Park for the past 16 years!Don’t miss his special reading of the book, There’s a Map on My Lap.

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Weekly Superhero Challenge!

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

Superhero Challenge Week 4:

Find a paper map and try to read it. If you don’t know how, ask your parents or look up how to use it on Youtube. Send us a picture a at #tristarreadsmaps and we will send you a prize.

Also, don’t forget to log your time!
Weekly Update, May 20, 2019
Graduation Season, Tristar Reads, & More!

The weather is warming up, teachers are preparing final lesson plans and seniors are ready to don their caps and gowns. That means it’s graduation season! Also, don’t forget to sign up for Tristar Reads and be a superhero with us this summer.

As we are doing summer planning and goal setting, we are excited to share some updates and new faces with you soon! Keep reading to learn more ways to get involved and promote student success throughout Tennessee!

Preparing Students for Graduation and Beyond

Congratulations to all of Tennessee’s high school seniors preparing for graduation and beyond!

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we believe it is essential for all Tennesseans to prepared for, have access to, and complete a post-secondary credential or degree. Today, more than ever, Tennessee’s students have an opportunity to seamlessly transition from high school to college and career and have economic freedom.

We will continue to advocate for policies that strengthen pathways to a post-secondary degree or credential, increase retention and completion, and prepare students for success in the 21st century economy.

Teachers are Real Life Superheroes!

Help us celebrate our real life superheroes– TEACHERS! Throughout the summer months, it is so important to not let the summer slide set in and encourage children to read!

Our featured superhero, Meredith Daniel, is the Theatre Director at Centennial Performing Arts Studio in Nashville. Click to see her superhero skills and a special reading of Escargot!

It’s not too late to sign up! All Tennessee students ages 5-18 are eligible to participate. All you have to do is read a book at least 20 minutes a day and log your hours and you’ll be entered for a chance to receive a $1000 college scholarship!Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads emails with important reminders and other chances to win prizes! 

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Get Involved!

Nominate a Teacher for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!

Each month, we are celebrating a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee) each month. Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students!

Use Your Voice

Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here
Thank You to Our Real Life Superheroes: POLICE OFFICERS!

Thank You to Our Real Life Superheroes: POLICE OFFICERS!

In honor of National Police Week, we are celebrating our real life superheroes protecting us each and every day–POLICE OFFICERS! Read more below on how to be an every day superhero- like our police offcers– and start your summer off right!

Did You Know It’s National Police Week?

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, President Kennedy proclaimed the calendar week of May 15th as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Thank you to these men and women who have dedicated their lives to being every day superheroes!

Do you want to be a superhero with Tristar Reads? Register online if you’re the parent of or are a Tennessee student in grades K-12 and you’ll also have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

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Our featured superhero of the week is Greeneville City Police Officer Lt. Spradlin.

He has been a policer officer for over 20 years. Check out his Superhero skills along with his special sidekick and partner!

Tune in for a special reading of the book, Officer Buckle and Gloria.

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Weekly Superhero Challenge!

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

Superhero Challenge Week 3:

If you see a police officer, thank him or her for their service. Take a picture with them and post it to #tnsuccessheros and we will send you and the cop a fun treat!