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"Read for the Record" Promotes Children's Literacy

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Help us break a reading record and promote early childhood literacy. The Valley Today's Lisa Budeau will be reading the children's book "Otis" at West Acres Mall Thursday at 3pm. The reading event is part of the nationwide "Read for the Record" event. 

The NDSU chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society and West Acres Shopping Center will host the local event. It will be held in the Herberger's Court at West Acres. Event times are noon to 7pm. The book will be read every 15-20 minutes. 

Golden Key members, honorary members, and advisors will be reading the event book along with other readers.  The following individuals are among the people scheduled to read this year:


     Penny Andrist (Penny from Penny and Pals)                                   2:00 pm

     Lisa Budeau (Valley Today Anchor)                                                  3:00 pm

     Evie Myers (NDSU's VP for Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach) 3:30 pm

"Read for the Record" is 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 3rd, people across the country will read the children's book Otis by Loren Long in support of Jumpstart's mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Campaign Impact: 

In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record.

Each year, the campaign has shone a national spotlight on America's early education achievement gap and highlighted Jumpstart's programs as a way to address this crisis. Since 2006, the campaign has:

* Engaged 9 MILLION children
* Raised more than $8 MILLION for early education programs
* Provided more than 1.2 MILLION books for children in low-income neighborhoods

Campaign History:

In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story The Little Engine that Could. Jumpstart began the morning of that campaign day on NBC's TODAYShow, which has become a proud tradition. Jumpstart's supporters helped set a new record for reading the same book on the same day, and in the process, created a national forum for concerned citizens to voice their support of early education.

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