First Lady Visits Dyersburg
The first lady of Tennessee made a stop in Dyersburg, Friday as she works to improve reading in children across the state. Dyersburg Intermediate School is one of 10 schools statewide that Chrissy Haslam is partnering with to improve local reading proficiency levels. The first lady is currently on a month-long reading tour to also highlight summer reading programs. We spoke with her on why she feels this effort is so important. “Only 42 percent of our children state wide are reading on grade level at 3rd grade, that means 58 percent are not and if you are not reading on grade level at 3rd grade it is hard to catch up,” said First Lady Chrissy Haslam. The first lady is currently working with the Tennessee Department of Education to support its Early Grades Reading Delivery plan. The goal is to get at least 60 percent of all Tennessee 3rd graders reading a proficient level or above by 2014.