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Haslam read at Watertown for Read Across America Week

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DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam stopped in Wilson County for Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on famed author Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Watertown Elementary School was one of four stops in Tennessee that Governor Bill Haslam's wife made on Monday.

Mrs. Haslam spoke to second, third and fifth grade students during the stop. She said she was invited by educator Jennifer Winfree.

"I came to read here about four years ago and she invited me back. I finally got here," she said.

State Rep. Mark Pody and Senator Mae Beavers preceded Mrs. Haslam, both reading to classes.

"She goes all over the entire state and reads to classes. I've heard her read, and she is a very exciting reader," Pody told the students before introducing them to Haslam.

When Haslam asked students what it is a governor does, she was met with several responses from the second graders. One student said that the governor is the "boss of all schools."

Haslam explained that the governor does deal with education, jobs, state highways and more. "He is a very busy guy. As his wife, I go to many functions and dinners. I get to do things that I like - and one of those things is encouraging kids to be strong readers," she continued.

Haslam has a book club that can be accessed online, as part of her "Read 20" initiative that presses youngsters to read at least 20 minutes per day. She said that this month's book is James and the Giant Peach and added that parts made her "laugh out loud."

Other stops on Haslam's agenda were Davidson County, Blountville and Madison.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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