Five young students in Collierville have been chosen among the Top 100 Readers in Tennessee by First Lady Crissy Haslam.
The Read to be Ready Summer Reading Competition started on June 1st and ended on July 28th. Students in kindergarten to 4th grade were challenged to keep track of how much time they spent reading during their summer vacation and to submit the times to the contest.
The winners attended a Kid’s State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Friday, August 18. Collierville’s winners include 6-year-old Sunaina S. Shetty (pictured). Sunaina logged 150 hours reading time, or approximately 277 books this summer. She enjoys all kinds of books, but likes fiction the best.
“We are very happy and proud,” said Sunaina’s mother. “The summer reading program at the Collierville Library motivated her to read more, and the friendly staff and peaceful atmosphere there helped her achieve her goal.”
Sunaina is in the first grade at Bailey Station Elementary School this fall. Besides reading, she enjoys drawing, telling stories and swimming.
Kathleen Ong-Halleron (pictured below) is 9 years old and in the 4th grade at Sycamore Elementary School. She logged over 1000 minutes of reading time over the summer and is thrilled to be invited to the State Dinner. Kathleen enjoys all kinds of books, but particularly likes fiction and graphic novels. She’s also interested in animals, art and theatre.
Samit Chaubel (pictured below) had 75 hours of reading time by the end of the contest. He is 7 years old and in the second grade. Samit particularly likes non-fiction books about nature, the human body and the planets and solar system. He also enjoys biking, Legos and playing chess.
Sanjeev Balachandran (pictured below), a second grader at Crosswind Elementary School, read 3968 minutes His favorite book(s) read during summer were all of the books in the Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton series.
Neil Jana, in the fourth grade at Bailey Station Elementary School, was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Readers in Tennessee.
Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam welcomed approximately 100 children to a Kids’ State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence on Friday, August 18 to celebrate outstanding achievement in summer reading. In addition to the fun festivities, Governor and First Lady Haslam congratulated the winners and asked children and their families to continue to read together at least 20 minutes each day. The First Lady’s Read20 message is part of her initiative to encourage children and their families to prepare for future success by ensuring strong foundations in early literacy. Children left the evening’s event with goodie bags, certificates signed by Governor and First Lady Haslam, as well as new books to read at home thanks to a generous donation from Scholastic.
“Reading over the summer is incredibly important so that students retain the skills they’ve developed during the year instead of experiencing summer slide,” Mrs. Haslam said. “We decided to hold this competition to encourage Tennessee students and their families to read more together over the summer and to incite them to visit their local libraries, so tonight has been a wonderful way to honor those who did just that.”
Pictured below are some of the Colliervile students enjoying the Kids' State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence.