Tennessee first lady gives away books in Johnson City


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Tennessee's first lady is working to improve literacy across the state. Only 43 percent of kids in Tennessee are proficient in reading by third grade.

Crissy Haslam was in Johnson City Friday for her Read20 Book Patrol, asking kids to read at least 20 minutes per day.

We caught up with her at the Boys and Girls Club where she gave free books to 72 kids. She also shared some of her favorite books.

"It's certainly a lot of fun to be with kids every day and to encourage them in their reading," Haslam said. "But when you get to actually give them a book, they get so excited."

The Read20 Book Patrol is already in six cities across the state. It will soon expand into Cookeville.

The Tennessee Department of Education has a goal of reaching 75 percent reading proficiency in third grade by 2025.