Reading over summer break earns students invitation to governor’s mansion

JACKSON, Tenn. – When dinner is served at the governor’s mansion, Sunday, two elementary students from the Jackson-Madison County School System will be among the special guests.

Isabella Hammond and Anna Marie Wyatt, both students at Community Montessori School, are among Tennessee’s Top 100 Summer Readers. Hammond, a second grader, and Wyatt, a first grader, had to read a minimum of 2,000 minutes to be eligible for a spot in a lottery for the special invitation by First Lady Crissy Haslam.

Rising kindergartners to rising 4th graders were challenged to track the number of minutes they either read, were read to or listened to audio books between June 1 and July 27. Students earned an additional entry in the lottery for each 1,000 extra minutes they read past the required 2,000 minutes.

Each winner along with a parent will take part in a celebratory Kids State Dinner with Governor Bill Haslam and the First Lady at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Sunday, August 12.

The First Lady’s Statewide Summer Reading Competition is a free summer-long literacy challenge designed to motivate children to read more books and visit their local library over summer break.

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