Twin City Reads is the organizing force for Grade-Level Reading, that uses a collective impact model to focus on reading across our community with the shared goal of reading on grade level by the third grade.
It’s Bristol Baby!® is the title of a hardback baby book to be given to every baby born at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. It is a book about our Twin Cities of Bristol TN and VA.
Facts that Matter About Our Region
33% of kindergarten children lack the basic language skills needed to learn to read. — Reading is Fundamental
Children who enter school without being read to are 3-4 times more likely to drop out of school in later years. — The Office of First Lady Crissy Haslam Tennessee’s Read to be Ready
60% of America’s jail and prison inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level. — Begin to Read
More than 80% of children from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills over the summer because they lack access to books, learning resources, and opportunities for library, bookstore, and/or museum visits
The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school. If they are unable to read, they will struggle in other subjects. — 3rd Grade Teacher Bristol, Virginia Public Schools
A student who reads for pleasure and for a deeper understanding has a significant advantage — both while in high school and in college. — High School Teacher Bristol, Tennessee City Schools
Two factors are widely recognized to impact a child’s acquisition of literacy skills: being read to aloud and access to books at home. — Tennessee Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation