Roane officials on board for ‘Read With Child’ initiative

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Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be joined by a host of dignitaries to talk about the most important investment Wall Street insiders don’t know about.

Haslam will join the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley on July 21 to launch a “Read with Your Child” campaign that seeks to encourage parents, family members and other caring adults to invest 20 minutes a day reading to their child.

The kick-off luncheon and fundraiser will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

The luncheon will be in the student lounge area of the Dunbar Building.

Haslam will be the keynote speaker. She will be joined by Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff, Roane State Community College President Gary Goff, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler, Rockwood Mayor James Watts and The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.  

These dignitaries will lend their support to the foundation’s goal of having 90 percent of students reading at or above grade level by the conclusion of the third grade.

According to national research, 40 percent of 5 year-olds begin kindergarten from one to three years behind, unprepared to learn to read. When they start behind, 74 percent don’t catch up, the research shows.  

The “Read with your Child” campaign seeks to empower parents to impact their child’s success in school by reading to them a minimum of 20 minutes per

The goal of the campaign is to cultivate a culture in the Roane County community where children learn to read well by the end of third grade.  

The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley will accomplish this by providing education and encouragement to parents and caregivers on their important role in raising a reader.

The Children’s Reading Foundation is a national organization made up of a network of community-based Reading Foundations.  

The Tennessee Valley chapter is one of its newest foundations.

Visit www.readingfoundation.org for more details.