J.T. Moore Middle School

John Trotwood Moore Middle School in Green Hills won Nashville Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge with more than half the student body participating this year—the highest rate among all Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Students at J.T. Moore read more than 185,000 minutes during the city-wide reading campaign, which ran from May 14 until Aug. 3.

Fifty-four percent of the student body participated in the program, and of those students, 62 percent read at least 20 minutes per day and 600 minutes throughout the summer. Nashville Classical Charter School won the reading challenge in 2017.

While visiting the school last month, Mayor David Briley named Reagan Harkins, one of the school's top eight readers, to serve as “Student Mayor For A Day” with him at a later date.

"Congratulations to readers across Nashville who helped exceed the summer program reading goal. I am particularly pleased to see that Metro Public Schools students account for more than 30 percent of this record-setting total,” Briley said about the reading program.

“This is to the credit of parents, teachers and library personnel who support young readers and lead by example," Briley continued. "Early literacy is a major priority of my Administration, and I look forward to continuing to celebrate great news like this.”

City-wide results for the Summer Reading Challenge:

  • Patrons read for a total of 11,948,286 minutes.

  • More than 17,900 Nashvillians participated this summer.

  • 6,500 participants read at least 600 minutes.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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