More than 8,000 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students throughout Detroit Public Schools will join peers all across the country as they participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event at 10:01 a.m. Thursday October 6. The event is part of a nationwide campaign to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience on a single day.
DPS Interim Superintendent Karen Ridgeway and other officials will read “Llama Llama Red Pajama,” by Anna Dewdney, to students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classroom throughout Detroit public Schools. DPS has about 5,300 kindergarten students in 175 classrooms and about 3,200 pre-kindergarten students in 195 classrooms district-wide.
Presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, which donated nearly 400 English and Spanish language copies of “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to DPS, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings individuals together to raise awareness of the importance of reading. More than two million children and adults last year took 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 is aiming to breaking two records – the largest shared reading experience and the largest shared digital reading experience for those reading online. Each time someone reads the book before October 16 at www.wegivebooks.org, We Give Books will donate one book to Jumpstart’s effort to build reading libraries in preschool classrooms across America.