Supt. Susan Lusi reads Bunnycakes by Rosemary Wells to a class at the Leviton Dual Language Elementary School.
Providence’s youngest school children hoped to set a new world record on Tuesday, October 21, by taking part in Jumpstart’s Ninth Annual Read for the Record®, a national campaign designed to break the world record for the number of adults and children reading the same book on the same day.
In 2013, 2,462,860 children read the same book nationwide to set a new record. Mayor Angel Taveras and Superintendent Dr. Susan F. Lusi each made a guest reading appearance at a Providence elementary school to take part in the effort, reading Bunnycakes by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells. Several members of Providence Schools’ teaching and learning team also visited elementary schools to read to children.
Mayor Angel Taveras reads to a kindergarten class at Mary Fogarty Elementary School, his alma mater, during Read for the Record on October 21.
Mayor Taveras read to a kindergarten class at Mary Fogarty Elementary School, his alma mater, while Dr. Lusi visited Leviton Dual Language Elementary School. Senior members of the Providence Schools administrative team also served as guest readers in other classrooms across the city. Students in preK and kindergarten across the district, about 2,400 children in total, will take part in this national campaign. Each year, teachers create age-appropriate visuals and activities tied to the book’s theme and characters.
Read for the Record also aims to raise awareness of early childhood education issues and works to break the cycle of early childhood learning gaps. Research shows that 1-in-3 American children enter kindergarten behind, and most will never catch up. The reality is that if children start school behind, they stay behind.
The Read for the Record event coincidentally comes on the heels of another event highlighting Providence’s efforts around this early childhood reading gap as Mayor Taveras was honored at the White House on October 16 for his efforts on early childhood education. Later in the day, at the National Press Club, he was recognized by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading with its first annual Pacesetter Award for his efforts in early learning and grade-level reading. Providence has also been named an All-America City for Grade Level Reading by the National Civic League for its collective efforts to ready children for school success.
For more information about this year’s event, visit www.readfortherecord.org.