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Randolph College Reads for the Record

Chief of Police, Mayor join Randolph trustees, senior staff, and others to read to preschoolers as part of national campaign to encourage reading

10/5/2009 10:29:46 AM


Chief Parks Snead reads to Randolph College Nursery School

LYNCHBURG – Randolph College’s preschool students will receive a special visit from Lynchburg City’s Mayor and the Chief of Police on Oct. 8 as the College’s Nursery School participates in a national campaign to set a new world record.

Joan Foster, the mayor of Lynchburg, Parks Snead, the chief of police for Lynchburg City, members of Randolph College’s Board of Trustees and senior staff will join other adults to read to preschoolers in Randolph’s program.

Randolph is one of thousands of organizations participating in the campaign, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. The campaign is designed to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever, while also working to break the cycle of illiteracy.

“Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschool-age children as a critical foundation for literacy development,” said Holly Layne, director of Randolph College’s preschool program.

“Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a positive way to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy skills.”

Each year, the campaign features one book for the record. This year’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Last year, nearly 700,000 readers shared the classic children’s tale, Corduroy, and Lynchburg placed second for the number of participants.

Silly faces
Everyone makes their best silly face! (enlarge)

The 2009 campaign is designed to encourage young people, their families, and educators everywhere to set another world record by creating the largest shared reading experience ever. The day’s activities are designed to generate public awareness about the importance of early childhood education. Shared reading experiences can range from an adult and child reading in their home to large group events with hundreds of people gathering at public facilities for community reading sessions.

Randolph will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and holding special activities throughout the day on Oct. 8.

For more information about Read for the Record, go to:

For more information about Randolph’s preschool program, call 947-8787 or go to:

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations