When it comes to education, it’s so unfortunate many of our nation’s children are still suffering from the effects of economic inequality. I personally feel it’s important to empower kids with reading skills. This year on October 2nd, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign will attempt to break a world record by bringing children and adults together to read the same book on the same day. It’s a day to increase awareness of this adverse learning gap in our communities and to bring the power of reading to kids across the country.
While reading more about the event on Jumpstart’s website, I learned a lot about the progress the program has made. Since 1993, the Jumpstart program has helped over 50,000 kids develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in school. Each year they strive to reach more and more children. Over the past two years Jumpstart has been bringing classic tales, such as The Little Engine That Could and The Story of Ferdinand to young minds through their Read for the Record Campaign. This year, kids will enjoy reading the charming story of Corduroy. Kids get to keep and treasure their copy of the book, and for some it will be the first book they personally own.
Supporting the event is easy. You can choose to donate a copy of Corduroy to a deserving child, or make a donation to the Jumpstart program – which provides for one-on-one literacy development for kids each year. All donations made to the Jumpstart program between now and October 2nd will be matched by The Pearson Foundation, and a copy of Corduroy will also be donated on your behalf. You can also donate your time to a Read for the Record event near you. Events will be held at schools, libraries, hotels, shopping malls, and other locations across the country.
Be sure to share information about the Read for the Record Campaign with your family, friends and neighbors. It really is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to come together and support our nation’s future.