Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam visits Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School for D.E.A.R. Day

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Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam visited students at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary on Friday, March 4 as part of the school's Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day.

“We had a big countdown and they all started reading. It’s a wonderful way to emphasize the importance of reading everyday. I talked to them about reading for 20 minutes a day and I think they are up for the challenge,” Haslam said.

Research shows D.E.A.R. programs not only provide a reading opportunity for students but give educators a chance to have a structured time to gauge literacy progress and target instruction. Students also get time to read what they want, share what they have read and receive support for further reading exploration and reflection.

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After speaking to students in the library and announcing the D.E.A.R. Day countdown with Metro Schools Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson, Haslam spent time reading the Dr. Seuss book "What Pet Should I Get?" to Ms. Chauntia McGavock's first grade class.