- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam is visiting Lenoir City and Knoxville to promote a summer reading program.

Haslam visited Lenoir City Elementary Read to be Ready on Wednesday. It’s one of 12 summer reading programs to receive a grant through a $1 million donation from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Haslam also visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville to deliver books to children. The visit was part of the Read20 Book Patrol, a partnership between law enforcement and Junior Leagues.

Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to join his wife for a visit to J.E. Moss Elementary School on Thursday to read to students.

The state wants to improve third-grade reading proficiency to 75 percent by the year 2025.

The first lady said in a news release that the ability to read gives children the skills to reach their goals.

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