“Hey Kid, you have two options,” my high school English teacher said to me. “Option 1: We talk about the military and how it could be a positive move for your future. Option 2: We open this envelope and have a different conversation.” At age 18, my life came down to two options, based on SAT scores in an envelope. I never opened the envelope, but I made the decision that day to join the United States Marines.
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Connects Military Families During the Holidays with a Gift of 10,000 Books for Virtual Storytime
Through its “Literacy Lights” initiative, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation partners to provide Tennessee military service members and their children with books to read together while they are apart.
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Announces 2022-2023 Educator Advisory Council to Help Combat Learning Loss Across Tennessee
28 educators from across Tennessee will work together to strengthen early literacy PRESS RELEASE September 20, 2022 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) today announced its 2022-2023 Educator Advisory Council, 28 educators from rural, urban,...
Nearly One Million Books Coming to TN Homes to Spur Summer Reading and Help “Stop the Slide!” Through First Statewide K-3 Book Delivery Program, Serving 162K Students
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation, in collaboration with Scholastic, expands its K-3 Home Library program to benefit 162,000 teachers and students across Tennessee, marking the first statewide roll-out of an at-home book delivery program for K-3 students PRESS...
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Partners with the Nashville Predators to Encourage Families to Get Outdoors & Get Reading at Storybook Trails
During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month in May, the Nashville Predators join Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation to promote the Foundation’s Storybook Trail program at 36 parks across Tennessee, connecting literacy and physical activity for families
14 Book Buses to Deliver Free Literacy Resources to Combat Summer Learning Loss Statewide
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation announces partnership with 14 local organizations to establish mobile libraries that will drive books and literacy tools to children and communities in Summer 2022
A Love Letter to Tennessee: From Nissan & Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
Make Tennessee your Valentine this year by sparking a love of reading in children. February 2022 By James Pond, GELF President and Parul Bajaj, Senior Manager, Philanthropy, Nissan U.S. and Executive Director, Nissan Foundation and GELF board member Dear Tennessee,...
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Partners with 22 Organizations to Bring Book Buses to Communities Across Tennessee
2021 Book Bus Grantees Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation awarded Book Bus Grants to 22 organizations to establish and support mobile libraries bringing literacy resources directly to children and families In 2021, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), in...
Educator Advisory Council to Help Combat Student Learning Loss Across Tennessee
PRESS RELEASEOctober 19, 2021 Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation selects 21 educators across Tennessee to serve as a consulting body to help determine the best resources to combat learning loss in students NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation...
Op-Ed from James Pond: Literacy Month shines a light on our responsibility to kids
Op-EdSeptember 8, 2021 You’re reading this because you learned to read. September is Tennessee Literacy Month, and we need this focus on reading more than ever. Less than 1/3 of Tennessee third graders read proficiently. Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program...