Silent auction part of reading campaign kickoff

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A fundraising silent auction has been added to the Read With Your Child campaign kickoff for the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

The campaign kickoff luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 21 at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

Auction items include “Hattie’s Creek” Print by Tino; “Butterfly Cocoon” Painting by Ruby Dayton; Raku Pottery Vase by Larry Gibbard;  children’s book “A Bird’s Eye View of the Civil War in Loudon County and Campbell’s Station, TN”; books by B.J. Gillum, “The Reluctant Terrorist,” “Mountain Musings,” “Best Seller List” and “King of the Kudzu”; and “Heroes and Villains” by Steve Jacks.

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will launch the campaign that seeks to encourage and inspire parents, family members, and other caring adults to invest 20 minutes a day reading to their child.

The luncheon will be in the student lounge area of Roane State’s Dunbar Building. Tickets are $25 per person.

Reservations for the luncheon to support improving children’s reading skills may be made by emailing tn-valley@readingfoundation.org by July 16.  

There are also opportunities to be a sponsor of the Reading Foundation and for the event.

For more information about sponsorships, contact tn-valley@readingfoundation.org.

Haslam, the keynote speaker, will be joined by Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff, Roane State 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 up to three years behind and unprepared to learn to read. When they start behind, 74 percent don’t ever catch up.  

The Read with your Child campaign seeks to call parents to action to impact their child’s success in school by reading to them a minimum of 20 minutes per day.  

The goal of the campaign is to cultivate a culture in Roane County in which 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 Roane County chapter is one of its newest foundations.

Go to www.readingfoundation.org for details.