Tennessee’s first lady gives away free books to Knoxville children

First Lady Crissy Haslam and Knoxville Police Officers, including Police Chief David Rausch and Deputy Chief Gary Holliday, visited Emerald Youth Foundation’s Virginia Avenue Ministry Center Tuesday morning to deliver books to children. (Source: KPD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam will travel to Knoxville on Tuesday as part of an effort to promote reading for young children.

She will be joined by Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and Deputy Chief Gary Holliday in delivering books to Emerald Youth Foundation’s Virginia Avenue Ministry Center.

It’s part of the Read 20 Book Patrol, a project launched last year with law enforcement across the state.

This year, the Junior Leagues of Tennessee have partnered to help collect and repurpose books to support the reading program.

The Junior League of Knoxville has collected more than 500 new and used books for the Knoxville Police Department to give away to children.

Penguin Random House helped launch the Read20 Book Patrol last summer and is a sponsor again this year, providing more than 4,000 books for the statewide program.

 

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