Tristar Reads


Read Along with Chairman Mark White “The Little Engine That Could”

We’re excited to catch up with Chairman White this week as he reads “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper aloud to us. Chairman White heads up the House Education Committee in the Tennessee State Legislature. Learn about what happened in his committee this week here

Get involved with Tristar Reads at and log your reading hours each week for a chance to win one of three $1,000 scholarships. If you’ve joined a team, don’t forget to add your team name when you register!

Watch Chairman Mark White read here.  

If you support legislation that tackles the literacy crisis in Tennessee, email the Tennessee General Assembly here to let them know you support an investment in early literacy.

STE(A)M is Magic

What is STEAM/STEM? STE(A)M is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network says, “At its foundation, STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them.”

STE(A)M introduces a wide variety of arts that allow creative thinking, communication, and artistic talent to integrate into the STEM curriculum.

The Tennessee Department of Education has partnered with the Tennessee STEM Innovative Network to provide content and resources so that Tennessee students have access to various avenues of learning and critical thinking during the summer months. Get access to what they have going on each week here

TSR Challenge of the Week

We hope you enjoyed watching Chairman White read aloud to you! To win this week’s challenge, watch Chairman White’s reading and reply to this email with the answer to the following two questions:

1. Why did Chairman White choose this book in particular to read?

2. Who is Chairman White joined by as he reads his book?

The first three people to respond with the correct answers will choose a book of their choice to receive in the mail!

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