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Originally posted October 17, 2011
Each year, millions of adults and children gather on a single day to set a new reading record and to show their support for early literacy by joining Jumpstart's Read for the Record. On October 6, millions of people read Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama and helped to set the latest overall reading record. Dr. Kathy Dodd, Assisant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, spent some time reading to Mrs. Ritter’s Pre-K Classroom at Rosa Parks Elementary.
Presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, Jumpstart's Read for the Record annually encourages record-breakers to spread the word that reading with a child before he or she enters kindergarten can improve his or her chances of graduating from high school by as much as 30 percent. With a televised kickoff on NBC's TODAY Show; high-profile local events that include civic leaders, teachers, and families; and the widespread support of leading education and literacy organizations, the campaign brings much-needed attention to the early literacy crisis and — in the process — showcases Jumpstart's role in addressing this issue in U.S. preschools.
To find out more about Jumpstart and Jumpstart's Read for the Record, visit www.readfortherecord.org.