Students enjoy “Otis” as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign

Schools across the district took part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, a national movement where millions of people read to prekindergarten and kindergarten students to celebrate literacy and support efforts to promote early childhood education.

This year, the children’s book “Otis,” by Loren Long was shared with students around the country and in the classrooms of Detroit Public Schools on October 3, 2013 in support of Jumpstart’s mission to ensure every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. According to, the campaign has engaged 9 million children since 2006, raised more than $8 million for early education programs and provided more than 1.2 million books for children in low-income neighborhoods.

Below, students from Gompers Elementary-Middle School enjoy reading Otis with Tameka Haden, Educational Consultant for the Pearson Foundation. Haden read to one kindergarten classroom and three prekindergarten classrooms.

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