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Pleasantdale Elementary School Joins in Worldwide 'Read for the Record' Celebration

By CYNTHIA CUMMING

October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In elementary schools not only across the country but across the world, Pre-K and Kindergarten students participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record celebration.  Pleasantdale Elementary School was one of the several elementary schools in West Orange participating in Jumpstart's goal to set a record for the largest shared reading experience, this year with the book "Otis" by Loren Long.

In addition to parents, guardians and family members reading the book to students, interactive activities were planned, along with post-discussions about the book to help reinforce the literary experience. The author himself read the book at noon on Google.

Principal Joanne Pollara and Reading Specialist Stephanie Ross thanked the parents for participating in their children's educational experience.

Ross explained that "low-income children usually start Pre-K or K 60% behind other children in reading readiness. A parent that reads to their child beginning at a young age for a half hour a day will provide that child with 54,000 hours of literacy training before they begin school."

Ross also recommended that parents look into www.books.org, where they can read online books to their children and money will be donated to literacy efforts for low-income children.  

SInce 2006, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has involved over 9 adults and children to highlight the need for quality early education, and has raised over 8 million dollars to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods.

For more information, visit  jstart.org/readfortherecord.