First Lady Haslam brings book campaign to Knoxville

First Lady Haslam brings book campaign to Knoxville

Crissy Haslam (source: Tennessee Government website) Crissy Haslam (source: Tennessee Government website)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - First Lady Crissy Haslam worked with Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and the Knoxville Police Department on Thursday to bring the First Lady's "Read20 Book Patrol" to Knoxville.

During Thursday's visit, the First Lady along with the Knoxville Police Department distributed books to children at the World's Fair Park fountains, Ed Cothren Pool on Western Avenue and to children participating in summer camp at the Wee Course at Williams Creek Golf Course.

The project focused on encouraging summer reading with children in the community. Police officers carried books in their cars to distribute to the children who might not have access to books at home.

"Children from low-income families are particularly vulnerable to summer learning loss, because they often have less access to books at home," said Mrs. Haslam.

Penguin Young Readers Group donated more than 5,300 books for this statewide project. Approximately 1,100 of the books were allocated to Knoxville Police Department.

The remaining books will be passed out by officers as they go about their daily work.

"Our police officers make a profound impact on children," said Mrs. Haslam. The First Lady has participated in "Read20 Book Patrol" events throughout the state this week, including visits to Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

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