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First lady Haslam encouraging summer reading

June 23rd, 2014 9:19 am by Associated Press

First lady Haslam encouraging summer reading

Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam laughs as she give an introduction for her husband, Bill, during the launch of the governor's re-election campaign at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Crissy Haslam is partnering with law enforcement across the state to encourage children to read during the summer.

Haslam's Read20 Book Patrol highlights the importance of reading over the summer to combat learning loss in elementary school students. It also encourages a positive relationship with law enforcement.

Penguin Random House donated more than 5,300 books for the project. They will be distributed to children who might not have access to books in their home.

On Tuesday, Haslam and members of the Metro Nashville Police Department will visit the Martha O'Bryan Center in Nashville to deliver some of those books.

Haslam launched the Read20 Family Book Club about two years ago. It challenges Tennessee families to read together for at least 20 minutes each day.

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