Family that donated over 1,500 books to Rutherford County Students recognized on Capital Hill

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State Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) recognized a local organization, The First Noelle, with House Resolution 153 Thursday during the House Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, according to Legislative Assistant Jessica Bryant.

The First Noelle, created in memory of Miranda “Noelle” Henson, has impacted the lives of hundreds of children through their mission to give books to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students.  Before a vehicle accident took her life, Noelle had a passion for education and planned to obtain a degree in education, Spanish, and medicine with plans to pursue a career to meet the needs of special needs children.

“In the face of such a tremendous loss, the Henson family has shown remarkable grace, dignity, and compassion for others. I cannot imagine the depth of their loss, but I cannot overlook the impact The First Noelle has had on our community,” Rep. White said.


The First Noelle, created by Don, Tina and Hollee Henson, has donated over 1,500 books to Rutherford County Students and established an annual scholarship fund awarded to a Siegel High School student who plans to pursue a degree in education or special education. The organization’s motto, “Spreading a legacy One child and One book at a time,” provides a fitting tribute to Noelle’s life.

The First Noelle adopted thirteen classrooms in its’ first year and plans to distribute books to fourteen classrooms, including pre-kindergarten, Governor’s pre-kindergarten, and special needs pre-kindergarten, this year.


“As a state, we have a responsibility to recognize our exemplary citizens, and the Henson family is certainly worthy of our recognition,” White said.


Submitted Legislative Assistant Jessica Bryant
with /  The office of Dawn White

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