This is the question that Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam is putting to young students this summer. The Read to be Ready Summer Reading Competition is for those in Kindergarten through 4th grade, and asks them to log their summer reading time in a Reading Log Packet. The packets are available at the Collierville Burch Library, and are to be returned to the library at the end of the contest. The 100 readers with the most reading minutes will be invited to celebrate, with a parent, at a Kid’s State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Friday, August 18.
The contest started on June 1st and ends on July 28th. How much can your K-4th grader read in 8 weeks?
The Read to be Ready initiative is the state’s response to declining rates of reading proficiency in Tennessee’s elementary students. National and state tests point to a disturbing trend – only about one third of fourth graders read at their grade’s level. This situation sets students up for economic disaster. It affects both their personal lives and the community as a whole.
Read to be Ready emphasizes a holistic approach to reading, encouraging students to become more proficient not only for educational purposes, but also to develop a love of reading as a pastime.
For information about registering for the Read to be Ready Summer Reading Competition, contact the Collierville Burch Library at 901-457-2600.