• First Lady Crissy Haslam Promotes the Read20 Family Book Club through Annual Halloween Event

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 8:30am

    First Lady Crissy Haslam visits Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders to encourage reading

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited approximately 80 Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders today to encourage their participation in the Read20 Family Book Club, a program inviting children and families to read together at least twenty minutes each day. 

    With their school located less than one mile from the Tennessee Residence, Glendale Elementary 3rd graders dress in costume and walk to the Tennessee Residence each Halloween to read with the First Lady. Due to inclement weather, this year Mrs. Haslam visited the students at their school. The First Lady read C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the October Read20 Book of the Month, with students and delivered Halloween treats.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts 5th Biennial First Lady’s Luncheon to Benefit the Tennessee Residence Foundation

    Thursday, October 03, 2013 | 6:36am

    Private fundraising event will help support the current landscape renovation project at the Tennessee Residence

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted the 5th biennial First Lady’s Luncheon to benefit the Tennessee Residence Foundation and the current project to renovate and restore the Tennessee Residence grounds. Proceeds from the event will help fund Phase III of the project, focusing on the addition of a Greenhouse and Secret Garden. The Greenhouse will reflect the home’s 1930s architecture while providing a place to grow heirloom seeds, and the Secret Garden will transform a disrupted side yard into an area for visitors to enjoy the property’s four seasons statues.  

     “Bill and I are so thankful to the many Tennesseans who have generously contributed to the historic preservation of Tennessee’s home, and we are thrilled to begin the next phase of the landscape renovation plan.”

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  • Tennessee Launches "Welcome Baby" Initiative

    Monday, September 30, 2013 | 4:48am

    Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns

    NASHVILLE – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort. Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks.

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  • First Lady Haslam Hosts Tennessee Students to Begin Planting in the Kitchen and Cutting Garden

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 4:30am

    First Lady Crissy Haslam hosts students at the Tennessee Residence to begin planting in the newly constructed Kitchen and Cutting Garden

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted approximately 60 3rd grade students from Crieve Hall Elementary School in Nashville at the Tennessee Residence to begin planting in the newly constructed Kitchen and Cutting Garden.

    Students joined Mrs. Haslam in the garden to read the September Read20 Book of the Month, Janet Steven’s Tops and Bottoms, a folktale about gardening and vegetables. Following the reading, students participated in 3 activity stations to kick off planting in the garden: a guided tour of the Tennessee Residence, a farm-to-table cooking lesson with Residence Chef Stephen Ward, and a garden station to plant the first vegetables in the new garden.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at Cedars of Lebanon State Park

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 4:20am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event today at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon to promote the importance of daily reading.

    Approximately 90 3rd graders from Southside Elementary School in Lebanon joined Mrs. Haslam by campfire to read the August Book of the Month, Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. After the reading event, students visited the park’s Nature Center and hiking trails to learn more about Tennessee wildlife and forestry.

    “There are many ways to enjoy reading, and it is important for children to explore different topics and styles of writing,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Children can grow love for reading by exploring topics that interest them, and sometimes they just need to find the right book!”

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  • Children’s Cabinet Awards Computers across the State

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 5:52am

    137 early literacy computer stations go to public libraries, family childcare programs

    NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

    The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children.  These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts “First Ladies for Healthy Babies” in Chattanooga

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 5:30am

    Connecting women in the faith-based community to create awareness for healthy early child development and parent practices, and mentorship opportunities for young parents

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    – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted a gathering of First Ladies for Healthy Babies at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga. First Ladies and leading ladies of churches in the Chattanooga area met with Mrs. Haslam to discuss the importance of healthy early brain development and parenting practices, as well as mentorship opportunities for young parents in their community. An information fair featuring community resources related to healthy parenting was available to participants during the event.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Hosts a Read20 Family Book Club Event at Sycamore Shoals State Park

    Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 5:01am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event today at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton to emphasize the importance of daily reading.

    Approximately 35 children from Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club joined Mrs. Haslam to read the July Book of the Month with an Independence Day theme, Rosalyn Schanzer’s George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides, in the park’s reconstructed American Revolutionary War Fort Watauga. After the reading, children toured the park to learn more about Sycamore Shoals’ significant role in 18th-Century history as the setting for many events contributing to the expansion of America's western boundary.

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Announces Lundeen as New Chief of Staff

    Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 6:40am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced Rachel Lundeen as the new Chief of Staff to the First Lady. Lundeen has been a member of Mrs. Haslam’s staff since January 2011, serving as Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to the First Lady.  

    “I am thrilled that Rachel is taking on this new role,” Mrs. Haslam said.  “She has been an important member of my staff since Bill took office and I trust her knowledge, professionalism, hard work and experience.”

    Christi Gibbs, Mrs. Haslam’s former Chief of Staff, will now serve as Executive Director for NGA Nashville 2014.

    “It has been an honor to serve Tennessee under the leadership of Governor and Mrs. Haslam,” Gibbs said.  “As a new parent, I will continue to assist the Haslams as they host our nation’s Governors in Nashville and showcase our great state in August 2014.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Encourages Reading with Children at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | 5:15am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a Read20 Family Book Club event today at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville. Mrs. Haslam read the June Book of the Month, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, to approximately 35 children participating in Cheekwood’s Summer Camps in the Howe Garden.

    This month marks the first anniversary of the Read20 Family Book Club. Since the program’s launch in June 2012, Mrs. Haslam has made visits to minor league baseball games, military bases, elementary schools, libraries, museums and community centers throughout the state to encourage daily reading and program participation with families.  

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Celebrates Student Participation in The Read20 Family Book Club

    Tuesday, May 07, 2013 | 3:45am

    Mrs. Haslam visits Union Heights Elementary School in Morristown to celebrate their students’ commitment to reading

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Union Heights Elementary School in Morristown, Tenn. today to celebrate student participation in her Read20 Family Book Club, a program encouraging Tennessee students and families to read together for at least twenty minutes each day. Mrs. Haslam congratulated the students’ commitment to literacy and read Jerry Spinelli’s The Library Card, the Read20 Book of the Month for May, during the school’s celebration program. Mrs. Haslam also delivered books to Union Heights Elementary on behalf of Scholastic’s 7th Annual Summer Challenge to help their students have more access to books for summer reading.

    “Daily reading can be even more important when students are out of the classroom, because children experience learning loss over the summer from simply being out of school,” said Mrs. Haslam. “Reading together as a family at home can keep children learning over the summer break.”

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  • First Lady Crissy Haslam Kicks Off Phase II of Landscape Renovation Project

    Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:00am

    First Lady Haslam hosts HGTV filming at the Tennessee Residence to kick off Phase II of project to renovate and restore the grounds

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted HGTV at the Tennessee Residence to film the building of the kitchen and cutting garden, kicking off Phase II of the Tennessee Residence Foundation’s project to help renovate and restore the Tennessee Residence grounds. The kitchen and cutting garden will promote local agriculture and farm-to-table sustainability at the state’s executive residence. HGTV filmed the groundbreaking of the garden, as well as interviews with Governor and First Lady Haslam, the Tennessee Residence chef, the project’s landscape architect, and other special guests. The garden will be featured on HGTVgardens.com and in a special, “HGTV Yard Takeover,” to air in May 2013.

    “Tennessee has unique traditions in agriculture and home gardening,” Mrs. Haslam said. “Phase II of the landscape renovation project, which includes the addition of a kitchen and cutting garden, will provide an exciting opportunity to highlight these special traditions with visitors from across the state and country.”

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