Bates preschoolers receive a surprise visit from Chief of Staff, Kevin Smith

Bates Academy preschoolers had a visit from Kevin Smith, Chief of Staff to Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin, on Thursday, October 3. The Detroit Public Schools Foundation for Early Learners collaborated with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, to bring readers to DPS classrooms. Smith read “Otis,” by Loren Long to the excited students.

Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is the one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On October 3, people across the country read the children’s book Otis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

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