I posted about this months ago and the day almost here! Here’s a reminder about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Please participate if you can! I’ll be reading to my kids for the second year!
Jumpstart is a fantastic organization that helps low-income kids close the achievement gap so they can be successful in school. Did you know that in low-income neighborhoods more than 50% of kids start school up to two years behind their peers? When I worked in workforce development we tackled some of these issues with schools in our county, and I was shocked to learn that in some states, prison space is planned for the future based on the literacy achievements of middle schoolers. There is actually a correlation. Wow.
Every year Jumpstart encourages people to support their effort by organizing Read for the Record. It’s a way to call attention to their cause by hosting the largest shared reading experience in history. This year the book they’ve chosen is Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. They are asking as many people as possible to pledge to read this book to as many kids as you can on October 6, 2011. That’s TOMORROW! You can go here to make your pledge.
Don’t have the book? No problem! Head to your local library to check it out for free, or read it online for free! Find it in English here and Spanish here!