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Nashville Classical Charter student named mayor for a day after reading challenge

Eloise Poag and Mayor Barry (Courtesy of Mayor Barry's Office)

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry named a Nashville student mayor for a day after her success in the library's summer reading program.

According to Mayor Barry's Office, Eloise Poag and more than 100 other students at Nashville Classical Charter School had the highest participation out of MNPS in the Nashville Public Library's summer challenge.

"At Nashville Classical, we know that reading great books is the key to leading great lives," said Head of School and founder of Nashville Classical Charlie Friedman. "We are obsessed with literacy instruction, and our scholars are obsessed with reading. Clearly, they carried that beyond our school's walls and into this summer, and that makes me incredibly proud of them."

Barry named Eloise the top reader for Nashville Classical and student mayor for a day.

“When students love to read, and read often, you do what you’ve done here: You turn from learning to read to reading to learn,” Barry said to students. “Increasing literacy is something we’re working on as a city. I feel confident that the focus on reading is leading to real results for the students here at Nashville Classical, and I look forward to hearing about those results when the state report card comes out later this fall.”

Across Music City, 13,885 people joined in the NPL's summer challenge.

“We’re committed to local education and student success in Nashville,” said Kent Oliver, NPL director. “A big part of that leadership includes keeping students reading and engaged during summer months and out-of-school time so they retain the skills they built over the academic year and start the next school year strong.”

Nashville Classical is a public charter school in East Nashville with 380 students in grades K-4.

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