First Lady promotes book of Knox County school children essays

First Lady promotes book of Knox County school children essays

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Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Mark Wolf, Director of K-Town Youth Empowerment Network pose with students (source: Knox County Schools) Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Mark Wolf, Director of K-Town Youth Empowerment Network pose with students (source: Knox County Schools)

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - During a visit to Knoxville Monday First Lady Crissy Haslam promoted a collection of essays and drawings from third-graders about issues they face at school and at home.

The book, called "Be True to You: Celebrating the Things that Make Us Unique," was produced as a project of the K-Town Youth Empowerment Network Council and the third grade classes at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy.

The book was presented to Haslam along with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre and Knox County Public Libraries Director Myretta Black Monday morning at a student assembly.

Members of the K-Town Youth Empowerment Network Youth Council, ranging in ages from 14-21, served as classroom mentors at the elementary school to encourage them and talk with them about issues.

"Be True to You" was recently honored as the 2011 Model Youth Program by the national organization Youth Family Services Network.

Haslam wrote the foreword for the book which is 40 pages in hardcover. It can be purchased online.

All proceeds from sale of the book support K-Town Youth Council programs.

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