Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a national campaign launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.
The goal was to have everyone read the same book on the same day to break the record. Since early literacy is important to us, we joined the campaign.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, staff members and volunteers from Omaha Children's Museum joined hundreds of others around the country to read the same book ("The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach) on the same day to break the record.
We visited classrooms at the Downtown YMCA, Council Bluffs YMCA, Completely KIDS, Child Saving Institute, Nelson Mandela Elementary, Rue
Elementary School, Kreft Elementary School, and Saint Margaret Mary
Elementary School. We read to a total of 397 children that day!
Executive Director Lindy Hoyer read at a special story time at the museum. Each child attending received a copy of the book.
We even had a celebrity volunteer reading! Tom Schmitt, publisher of The Daily Nonpareil, read to a preschool class at the Council Bluffs YMCA.
Jumpstart just announced that this year, more than 10 million people took part the reading event
That's something to celebrate!