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Mayor Reads “Nancy & Sluggo Love Tennessee” to Fall Hamilton Elementary 4th Graders

February 4, 2016

Environmental-Themed Book Donated to all MNPS Elementary Schools and Nashville Public Libraries 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Mayor Barry read  ‘Nancy & Sluggo Love Tennessee, A story of Keeping Tennessee Beautiful’ to 4th grade students at Fall-Hamilton Elementary Enhanced Option School today.   "Reading the story to these 4th graders was a great opportunity to teach them in a fun and meaningful way, the importance of caring for our environment,” Mayor Barry said.   “The story is about Nancy and her friends discovering the spectacular beauty that surrounds them in Tennessee and my hope is that many more Nashville students will be inspired to read it as well.”

(From Left to Right) Stephanie Ham, Kent Oliver, Mayor Barry, Principal Portell and Fall-Hamilton 4th Grade Class 

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, a division of Metro Public Works, is donating a copy of the book to all MNPS elementary school libraries and Nashville Public Libraries.  Funding for the book came from a Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) litter grant that helps cities and counties across the state promote recycling and litter prevention.

Metro Public Works greatly appreciates the support of all of our partners who made the donation and the book reading possible today,” said Public Works Director, Mark Macy.  “The ‘Nancy & Sluggo Love Tennessee’ book encourages children to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills.  It is also a reminder that we can all do our part to take care of our community.” 

The book was written and designed by the Nancy comic strip cartoonist, Guy Gilchrist, who lives in Middle Tennessee.  The story follows Nancy and Sluggo as they travel across Tennessee in a vehicle made out of recycled material. Along the way they meet new friends and work together to ensure our cities and state stays litter free.

“We are grateful for this donation to our school libraries. It’s never too early to teach kids about the environment and how we can all work to keep our communities beautiful,” Nashville Public Schools, Director of Schools, Chris Henson said.  “We know that having a book with familiar characters set right here in our home state will encourage students to read and retain the important message found in this book."

“Nashville Public Library is happy to help with book distribution and thrilled to accept this donation,” said Nashville Public Library’s Director, Kent Oliver.  “Partnerships like this one support our mission to promote education and reading in Davidson County.”

In addition to Mayor Barry reading to the group of approximately 60 students, the children had the opportunity to spend some time talking with the Mayor, Principal Portell, and Kent Oliver about the environment and the importance of reading and learning.  Also attending were Stephanie Ham, MNPS Library Services Director; Shawn Bible, TDOT; Jena Schmid, Main Library Administrator; Etoile Jordan, Beautification Commissioner; Pamela Willingham, Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

“Nancy & Sluggo Love Tennessee” is a great story for children of all ages and can be checked out at any Nashville Public Library.