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Students attempt to break reading record

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Terri McHugh

School District 54 students joined Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever, while also working to break the cycle of illiteracy.

All 44 early childhood classes and 70 kindergarten classes across District 54 participated by having their teachers or other guests read the children’s book Bunny Cakes by author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells.

“The event has been a huge success and reinforces the District 54 board goal of students reading at grade level upon entering third grade by emphasizing the importance of early literacy,” Literacy Director Julie Gorvett said.

The 2014 campaign is designed to encourage young people, their families and educators to read. The day’s activities are designed to generate public awareness about the importance of early literacy for long-term academic achievement.

In 2013, more than 2.4 million children and adults participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, Jumpstart has raised more than $8.6 million for early education programs across the country.  Learn more about this campaign by visiting http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record.

School Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick reads to Blackwell students.

School Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick reads to Blackwell students.

Schaumburg Township District Library Director Melissa Jones reads to Dooley students.

Schaumburg Township District Library Director Melissa Jones reads to Dooley students.