Detroit Public Schools pre-K and kindergarten students participate in fifth annual Read for the Record on Thursday October 7

Thousands of pre-K and kindergarten students throughout Detroit Public Schools will participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event on Thursday October 7, 2010, the official date of the nationwide campaign to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience on a single day.

DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, state senators Martha Scott and Tupac Hunter, state representatives Rashida Tlaib and Bert Johnson, and many more will read “The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats, to students in 200 pre-kindergarten classrooms and 94 kindergarten classrooms throughout Detroit public Schools.

Presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, which donated 550 copies of “The Snowy Day” to DPS, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings individuals together to show how this situation can be immediately improved. More than two million children and adults helped set the current world record last year by taking part in one-day local events across the country. Jumpstart recruits and trains thousands of college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.

This year’s day-long campaign will be kicked off on NBC’s “TODAY” show and will be followed by large and small reading events organized by individuals, schools, libraries, government organizations and local businesses nationwide. Each time someone reads this classic story on or before October 7 at www.wegivebooks.org, the Pearson Foundation will donate a new children’s book to a needy child or a pre-school classroom Jumpstart serves.

Anyone anywhere can participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by pledging to read at www.readfortherecord.org.

Here is a partial list of dignitaries who will be reading to DPS students on October 7. Additional readers include University of Michigan staff, DPS central office administrators, as well as teachers and principals.

DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, Thirkell Elementary, 7724 14th St., 8:30 a.m.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Golightly Education Center, 5536 St. Antoine, at 9 a.m.
Sen. Martha Scott, Davison
Sen. Tupac Hunter, MacDowell
State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Priest
State Representative Bert Johnson, Van Zile
Deputy Chief of Public Safety Stacy Brackens, Sampson
Wayne State University Professor Dr. Sharon Elliot, White
Wayne State University Professor Mark Larson, Oakman
Wayne State University Professor Anna Miller, Law
Wayne State University Professor Jo-Ann Synder, Blackwell
Director of Great Start Collaborative-Wayne Toni Hartke, Bow
Chairperson of Great Start Collaborative-Wayne Carole Quartermain, Emerson

About Jumpstart
Jumpstart’s mission is to ensure that all children in America enter school prepared to succeed. Year-round, Jumpstart recruits and trains thousands of college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, helping them to develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Since 1993, more than 70,000 preschool children across America have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. Jumpstart’s national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, AmeriCorps, Pearson, and Franklin Templeton Investments. Jumpstart is the five-time recipient of the Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award (2004-2008) and has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at www.jstart.org.

About the Pearson Foundation
Pearson, the international education and Information Company, is Jumpstart’s Read for the Record’s Sponsor and Founding Partner. The Pearson Foundation 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. For more information, visit www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books
We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a new philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps your child become a lifelong reader and giver. Together, we 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.

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