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Randolph College Nursery School Students Join President John E. Klein to Participate in World Record Event

National Read for the Record day designed to promote literacy

10/1/2010 11:03:05 AM

   

Randolph College will join with others across Lynchburg and the nation Oct. 7 to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience on a single day. The event, part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record™ is designed to draw attention to the growing crisis in early childhood education in America. Today half of children from low-income neighborhoods START school one-two years behind their peers. When these children start behind, they stay behind.

John E. Klein, president of Randolph College, will read Snowy Day at 10 a.m. to preschoolers at the Randolph College Nursery School.

Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has helped more than three million participants share in the power of reading since 2006—all while setting a world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day. Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia is coordinating the Read for the Record event in Lynchburg.

“We are excited to be part of Smart Beginnings CVA’s effort to be a leader in the nation by having a large number of children read to on this day,” said Holly Layne, director of Randolph College’s preschool program. “Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschool-age children as a critical foundation for literacy development. This event is a positive way to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy skills, and our students love when members of the Randolph community take time out of their busy schedules to read to them.”

Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has helped more than three million participants share in the power of reading since 2006—all while setting a world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day. Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia is coordinating the Read for the Record event in Lynchburg.

This annual global celebration of reading and community service highlights the importance of reading to very young children to develop crucial early language and literacy skills, and supports Jumpstart’s mission of ensuring that every child enters school prepared to succeed.

In 2009, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign broke its own record for the world’s largest shared reading experience. More than two million children were read Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar at organized events across the U.S. and around the world, starting on NBC’s TODAY Show. Hundreds of thousands of Penguin books were donated to children in need, and more than $1.4 million was raised to support Jumpstart’s work with preschool children.

A 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day.





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