NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Media Contact: Steve Wasko

In every Detroit Public School that houses a pre-school program, and in thousands of pre-school programs across the country, Thursday, October 2, will be a very special day. That is when tens of thousands of pre-school children, along with supporters of literacy, will pick up their copies of ‘Corduroy,’ a perennial favorite among children’s books, and begin to read together.

This national reading event is part of the Pearson Foundation’s ‘Jumpstart:’Read for the Record Campaign.’ The primary goal of the project is to raise the level of public awareness about the great need to support early childhood education, and literacy programs for all young children. Along with the literacy focus there is the goal of breaking last year’s record for having the most number of children and volunteers reading the same book on the same day. The previous ‘Jumpstart’ record is 258,000 children and adults reading together.

At the Detroit Public Schools Wayne Elementary (10633 Courville), there is a thriving pre-school program where Principal Theresa Matthews has ‘gathered her troops’ to the tune of 250 young students, parents and teachers who will read ‘Corduroy’ from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. “One of my teachers learned about the project in a publication. I thought it had merit and expanded it to include our 1st and 2nd graders. Reading is fundamental for learning and the more we can engage young students in such activities, the better the outcome,” said Ms. Matthews. “Part of the appeal of this project is the element of excitement because of the competition, plus the book is a fun book for children to read and they need to understand that reading can be fun,” she added.

The Pearson Foundation has provided schools with lesson plans, online educational support and other teaching collateral that focus on reading.

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