MPD and First Lady Crissy Haslam visit Aurora Collegiate Academy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD and First Lady Crissy Haslam visit Aurora Collegiate Academy to promote school readiness

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Memphis Police Department partnered with First Lady Crissy Haslam to present books to the students of Aurora Collegiate Academy as a part of her Read20 Book Club.

Haslam, along with the Memphis Police Department, presented “Knuckleball Ned”, “Apple Blossom the Possum”, “Who was Jackie Robinson” and other books to students in grades kindergarten through fifth.

The First Lady’s Read20 Book Club encourages Tennessee children and families to read aloud each day to help younger children develop important skills they need for succeed in school, such as a solid reading foundation and a longer attention span.

According to the National Institute for Literacy, if families read together for 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week, they get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year.

The Read20 Book Club’s goal is to get Tennessee families reading together with their children for 20 minutes every day to help promote school readiness and reading proficiency.

The book club is now in its fourth year and features books that might appeal to a majority of elementary-aged children and their families. However, the book club is for children of all ages.

“I want to encourage parents to be involved in their child’s academic life and reading is one of the best ways to do that,” said Haslam in a video about the Read20 Book Club on YouTube.

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