Children, adults across the country to set new world record for largest shared reading event

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that she and students from Louisville’s Cochran Elementary will join children and adults from across the country to set a new world record for the largest shared reading event, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day on Oct. 3.

Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is part of a nationwide early education awareness campaign that focuses attention on the importance of reading. This annual event brings people together to promote literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day.

“Literacy is the foundation for our young people to develop strong learning and critical thinking skills, both in and outside of the classroom,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I’m thrilled to participate with Cochran Elementary students for this year’s Read for the Record, and I encourage all Kentuckians to join us in celebrating literary on Oct. 3.”

The 2013 Read for the Record book selection is “Otis”, by Kentucky-native and New York Times bestselling author Loren Long. The story is about a small, special tractor named Otis, who is called upon to save the day when his larger counterpart is unable to help.

We Give Books is currently offering free digital downloads of “Otis” at www.wegivebooks.org. The free download will make the unforgettable children’s book available to millions of people in classrooms, libraries, community centers and homes across the nation.

“I thank First Lady Beshear for her commitment to our students and for creating awareness about the most important skill needed to be a successful 21st century learner,” said Dr. Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). “We encourage our community to continue the momentum from Read for the Record by volunteering to lift all JCPS students to grade level through our Every 1 Reads program.”

Every 1 Reads is a bold a community-wide initiative designed to help JCPS students reach proficiency, added Hargan.

For more information about Every 1 Reads, visit http://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/Programs/EveryoneReadsVol/

For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, including how to register for this year’s campaign, visit www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord.


About Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at www.jstart.org.

About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic and business organizations to provide financial, organizational and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books
We Give Books is a philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities. For more information, visit www.wegivebooks.org.



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