Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Exploring is Magic

Join Rep. John Ragan He Reads “Coat of Many Colors”

We’re thrilled to be joined by Rep. Ragan this week as he reads “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton. This book is told with the backdrop of the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and tells the story of a girl who traverses adversity to find positivity and love against all odds.

This week we’re learning about how EXPLORING is magic! Read along with us as we offer fun ways to engage with kids in this season that we’re living in.

Watch Representative John Ragan read here.  

It’s never too late to sign up for Tristar Reads! 

Spread the word and invite your friends to read with us. 

Exploring is Magic

While we recognize this summer doesn’t look like past summers, there are still many ways to stay active and have fun – even just in our own neighborhoods. One of the key tenants of Tennesseans for Student Success is INNOVATION in education. This pillar is applicable to students this summer as we navigate coronavirus this summer as well. Let’s be innovative in the activities and fun we have together. Here are a few suggestions for students of all ages:

1. Explore a local city and state parks for a hike and/or walk. OR just take a walk around the block. Getting fresh air helps change your mindset and relax. 

2. Check out a drive-in movie.

3. Free bowling for kids at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center in Franklin, TN. 

4. Pick produce with your friends or family by finding a location at Pick Tennessee Products

5. Experiment in the kitchen by cooking or baking a new dish!

6. Get creative with the items you have at home: Make a basket toss with your socks and laundry basket, create a scavenger hunt in your house, or build a blanket fort! 7. Download digital or audiobooks from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. for free!

TSR Challenge Winner’s Circle

Last week we challenged Tristar Readers to send a photo of a recent work of art they’ve created, and we would celebrate the winners and give a small gift. 

Check out this artwork created by Ava Kubitz, from Memphis. She used cardstock, posterboard, aluminum foil, and marker. Awesome job, Ava! Thanks for sharing this with us and reading with us this summer!

*Extra Credit*

Students, we want to feature YOU in our communications because you are the reason we do what we do. Write a paragraph reviewing the best book you’ve read so far this summer. Make sure you include the title and the author of the book so other students can get book ideas. Send it in by replying to this email and we’ll award a few of the submissions with a book of their choice!

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