TN literacy program to provide nearly 600,000 books to students and teachers

TN literacy program to provide nearly 600,000 books to students and teachers
580,000 books will be given to TN teachers and students in grades K-3. (Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation, along with the state Dept. of Education has announced a program to provide nearly 600,000 books to students and teachers.

According to a release from the state, the program will provide 580,000 books to K-3 students and teachers across the state.

The initiative will support ongoing student learning in classrooms and at home.

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Over 50 school districts are participating in the program, which delivers books and literacy resources directly to the homes of students and teachers for free, according to the release.

Additionally, K-3 families will have access to engagement tips via text messages.

The program was introduced at an early literacy event in Sparta, Tenn., according to the release.

Participating districts for the new K-3 Book Delivery program were selected based on size, 2018-2019 third grade reading proficiency rates and the economic prosperity of the county as defined by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

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