Tennesseans for Student Success launched its annual Tristar Reads program last week, giving K-12 students across the state a chance at a $1,000 scholarship through diligent summer reading.
The program is an annual contest designed to encourage children and teens to read over the summer break. The program runs from June 7 to Sept. 6 and is open to all students between ages 5 and 18 in kindergarten through 12th grade.
According to the Tristar Reads website, the goal of the program is to get students to read for at least 20 minutes a day during the summer.
The contest is broken into three award categories: K-5 students, sixth through eighth grade students and ninth through 12th grade students. A winner from each category will earn $1,000 toward their college education.
To register for the event, students only need to go to tristarreads.com and fill out a registration form on the homepage.
Parent permission is required for students under the age of 13. Parents will need to give their name, address, phone number and email before filling in their students’ names and schools.
After registering, students can record their hours spent reading by filling out log sheets. They will need to keep records of the times they spent reading as well as a list of books that they read.
Printable log sheets for the program are available on the website.
The student in each category with the most hours of reading wins the contest.
Log sheets have to be scanned and submitted through email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 680231, Franklin, TN 37064.
Students are asked to turn those sheets in at the end of the summer. Those that are mailed in must be postmarked by Sept. 2.
Scholarships will be announced in October. The money will be directly deposited into winning students’ education savings plan, such as the state’s TNStars College Savings 529 Program.
Cash awards will not be given to students who do not have such a plan.