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BCPS to Participate in National Read for the Record

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the School Board of Broward County, Florida adopted a resolution in support of National Read for the Record Day.  This annual event, which is sponsored by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, takes place on Thursday, October 3, 2013, and is aimed at celebrating literacy and promoting the importance of early childhood education.  The goal is to break the world record for people reading the same book on the same day. 
This year’s official book is “Otis,” written by Loren Long.  The Pearson Foundation has adopted BCPS and is providing approximately 1,500 free books to be distributed to BCPS pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, as well as elementary school media centers.  School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, local elected officials and District staff are among those who will be reading to students as part of this annual event.
Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple, & Neuman, 2000).
“This is the one day where early childhood education advocates across the country join together to promote literacy for young children,” said Dr. Lori Canning, acting director, Early Childhood Education. “It sends a powerful message to children about the importance of reading and helps get them excited about books and learning.”
Superintendent Runcie will Read for the Record at Sunland Park Academy, located at 919 NW 13 Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Media are invited to attend.

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