West Virginians Urged to Participate in Effort to Set Reading Record

September 24, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –West Virginia schoolchildren, parents, community leaders and others are being encouraged to join a national campaign to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever held.

 The West Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education, in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), will be participating in Jumpstart's Read for the Record event on Thursday, Oct. 2, when children and adults from around the world will read the children’s classic “Corduroy,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

 Last year, more than 260,000 people participated in the Read for the Record event nationwide and more than $1 million was raised to support Jumpstart's literacy-building efforts. This year, a special printing will carry a foreword written by Matt Lauer and Meridith Viera of NBC’s “Today” show and an introduction from musician and actor LL Cool J.

“Early learning is crucial to the growth and development of young children,” said West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine. “When children begin behind their peers, catching up can be extremely difficult. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record raises awareness about the importance of early education and makes it a priority.” 

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 or visit the campaign Web site, www.readfortherecord.org.


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