The Governor's Children's Cabinet, co-chaired by Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children's computers to locations across Tennessee. McIver's Grant Public Library in Dyersburg and Hamilton Parks Public Library in Trimble each received computers as a part of the initiative.
The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas. Each area focuses on supporting early learning in children, using engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.
"Giving a child the necessary building blocks to learn to read is critical to a child's education and future success," said Gov. Bill Haslam. "It is exciting that so many communities across Tennessee took advantage of this opportunity."
Computer station recipients were chosen through a competitive process run jointly by the Children's Cabinet, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the state Department of Human Services.
Sites awarded computers demonstrated a commitment to promoting early literacy and engaging families.
"Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out of school in later years," said First Lady Crissy Haslam. "We are excited to provide these valuable tools to boost early literacy in communities across Tennessee."
"The AWE Computer Station is a welcome addition to our Kids' Zone," said acting McIver's Grant Public Library Director Sharon Simpson. "We have had one for several years now. When the opportunity arose to obtain an additional one, we applied and were fortunate enough to be awarded one. These computer stations are child friendly. They have over 60 educational software titles available in English and Spanish and the colorful keyboard and touch-screen monitor make it easy to use. The computer is in constant use and the little ones enjoy it."
"That we were able to get this new computer for the use of the children of Trimble has been a great bonus for the Hamilton Parks Library," said Library Director Teresa Johnson. "We look forward to children coming in and using it and we hope it will stimulate them to become lifelong readers."
In addition to the sites in Dyer County, computer stations will be placed in West Tennessee in Tiptonville Public Library in Lake County, Lauderdale County Library in Ripley, Tipton County Public Library in Covington, Obion County Public Library in Union City, Jackson-Madison County Library in Jackson, Dr. Nathan Porter Library in Greenfield, Sharon Public Library in Weakley County, Gibson County Memorial Library in Trenton and Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library in Milan.
Computer stations have also been awarded to selected public libraries in Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, DeKalb, Giles, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardeman, Henry, Humphreys, Jefferson, Lewis, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Overton, Putnam, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Sevier, Sumner, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Wayne, White and Williamson counties.