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Miss Tennessee makes reading fun for little ones a...

Miss Tennessee makes reading fun for little ones at ACE Center

Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, made a surprise visit to MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, Sept. 22, to share the joy of reading with youngsters there as part of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week.

ACE Learning Center logo webBurgess, a senior at the University of Memphis and a longtime child literacy advocate, read “Lllama Llama Red Pajama” by Anne Dewdney and “Read to Tiger” by S.J. Fore to 3- and 4-year-olds in the “Red Room” of the center’s North Baird Lane facility, then chatted with other children and staff members during her visit.

Books from Birth logo web The ACE Learning Center stop was part of a busy trip to several Murfreesboro schools and childcare facilities to share stories from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Tennessee celebrates Imagination Library Week each September to encourage young readers and their parents, grandparents, older siblings and relatives to share books to help the children develop listening and literacy skills needed for school.

Imagination Library logo webParton, who established the “Books from Birth” program for newborn to 5-year-old readers across Tennessee in 1996, has since expanded the free monthly book mailings across the country and into Canada and portions of the United Kingdom.

MTSU’s ACE Learning Center provides learning environments for children with and without developmental delays from age 15 months to kindergarten, allowing them to play together and learn from each other. Teachers at the center plan activities that help each child develop good communication, social, cognitive and motor skills, and reading is a big part of every day.

For more information about the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center and its work, visit www.mtsu.edu/acelearningcenter or call 615-898-2458.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, reads “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to an attentive group of 3- and 4-year-olds in the “Red Room” at MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, Sept. 22, as a cardboard standup of superstar Dolly Parton looks on during a special visit as part of Tennessee's Imagination Library Week. Burgess, a senior at the University of Memphis and a longtime child literacy advocate, visited several Murfreesboro schools and childcare facilities to share stories from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Parton, who established the “Books from Birth” program for newborn to preschool readers across Tennessee in 1995, has since expanded the free monthly book mailings across the country and into Canada and portions of the United Kingdom. MTSU’s ACE Learning Center provides learning environments for children with and without developmental delays from age 15 months to kindergarten, allowing them to play together and learn from each other. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, reads “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to an attentive group of 3- and 4-year-olds in the “Red Room” at MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, Sept. 22, as a cardboard standup of superstar Dolly Parton looks on during a special visit as part of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week. Burgess, a senior at the University of Memphis and a longtime child literacy advocate, visited several Murfreesboro schools and childcare facilities to share stories from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, points out an especially fun part of "Read to Tiger" while reading to an attentive group of 3- and 4-year-olds in the “Red Room” at MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, Sept. 22, during a special visit as part of Tennessee's Imagination Library Week. Burgess, a senior at the University of Memphis and a longtime child literacy advocate, visited several Murfreesboro schools and childcare facilities to share stories from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Parton, who established the “Books from Birth” program for newborn to preschool readers across Tennessee in 1995, has since expanded the free monthly book mailings across the country and into Canada and portions of the United Kingdom. MTSU’s ACE Learning Center provides learning environments for children with and without developmental delays from age 15 months to kindergarten, allowing them to play together and learn from each other. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, points out an especially fun part of “Read to Tiger” while reading to an attentive group of 3- and 4-year-olds in the “Red Room” at MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center Thursday, Sept. 22, during a special visit as part of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week. Burgess, a senior at the University of Memphis and a longtime child literacy advocate, visited several Murfreesboro schools and childcare facilities to share stories from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


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