Gov. Lee Visits Tennessee Summer Learning Camps

Governor Lee visited summer learning camps in Tennessee, highlighting efforts to enhance student literacy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited summer learning camps in Obion and Cheatham counties to recognize teachers’ dedication to improving students’ critical reading skills. These summer learning camps are part of a statewide initiative to enhance student achievement and promotion through Tennessee’s comprehensive K-3 literacy strategy.

“For the fourth year now, summer learning camps are ensuring students have the tools necessary to achieve reading gains,” said Gov. Lee. “As we continue to prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond with a strong K-3 literacy strategy, I commend Tennessee’s dedicated teachers for providing this key support.”

Photos and b-roll assets from Gov. Lee’s visits to summer learning camps can be accessed here.

Since a special legislative session in January 2021, Tennessee has seen robust enrollment and attendance in summer learning camps, which were introduced to address learning loss and strengthen K-3 literacy. In 2023, legislation was passed to expand summer learning to grades K-9, resulting in 102,270 students enrolling statewide.

The 2023 summer learning camps achieved continued positive gains for students, specifically in math for rising grades 1-3 and English Language Arts (ELA) for rising grades 4-9.

“Thanks to the commitment of Gov. Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly, thousands of students across Tennessee continue to participate in summer learning camps to catch up, accelerate their learning, and benefit from additional academic support over the summer,” said Commissioner of Education Lizzette Reynolds. “We are proud to be a leader in proven interventions that are working to set all of our students on a path to success.

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Free Summer Meals for Nashville Youth

The Metropolitan Action Commission has started providing free breakfast and lunch for children and youth at 62 locations throughout Nashville and Davidson County during June and July. This initiative, running Monday through Friday, is supported by federal funding and involves collaboration with organizations such as Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee and Metro Nashville Public Schools. More details can be found on the Metro Action site by clicking on “Free Meals for Youth” or by texting “Food” to 877-877.