On October 21st, the Elementary School Library and Learning Commons organized the reading activity Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. For the second consecutive year, the library coordinated this activity making Robinson School students’ part of the millions of children and adults that celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience.
TV and film actor Josh Duhamel is the official celebrity ambassador for Jumpstart’s 9th Annual Read for the Record Campaign. Duhamel will help shine a spotlight on the importance of early education and Jumpstart’s unique approach to closing the achievement gap before it’s too late.
All elementary students listened to the story Bunny Cakes by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
Last year, we were part of the success of this campaign breaking the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. 2,462,860 adults and children read Otis by Loren Long on October 3, 2013. At Robinson School we were honored with the visit of the First Lady Wilma Pastrana and Senator Mari Tere Gonzalez. Students were thrilled with the surprise of Mya the calf. It was a day that we will always remember.
This year, students received the visit of artist and producer Alejandro Gil Santiago. He read the story to a very excited 4th grade group and to the enthusiastic kindergarteners. Francisco De Juan, father of the school, read the story to second grade and Marileyda Hernandez, Idol Puerto Rico winner, read to the 6th grade. She also inspired us with her powerful voice and her story. We couldn’t end our activity without the visit of a couple of special friends, the rabbits: Tiana, Noni. They were the highlight of the day and students had a blast petting them.
You can follow updates of this amazing activity and what other kids are doing around the nation in the Jumpstart social media accounts:
Tweeter: @JumpstartKids /Facebook: Jumpstart.
We are already looking forward to participate in next year’s Read for the Record because…