Reading event at our ELCs helps break world record!

October 12th, 2011
Marta Vega and her daughter Lupita at our Larkins ELC.

As part of the worldwide “Read for the Record” campaign, our Early Learning Communities (ELC) program held two events on October 6. About 140 children, parents and caregivers came to our Larkins ELC and our Phoenix Academy ELC for a lively reading of the popular children’s book “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

Many of the parents and children came to the events in their pajamas. Our ELC staff members were also dressed in p.j’s.

Following the reading, children talked about the story and were invited to give a hug and goodnight kiss to our own “Llama in red pajamas.” Children and parents then enjoyed a snack, and then played fun learning activities.

“Read for the Record” is sponsored by Jumpstart. On October 6, at locations across the United States and the world, adults and children read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” in an attempt to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day. The campaign is designed to draw attention to the need for quality early education to prepare children to do well in school. In 2010, “Read for the Record” established a new world record when 2,057,513 children were read to.

The final tally for 2011 was 2,184,155 – breaking the old record by more than 125,000!

“All of our participants were eager and excited to be a part of an event on an international scale that connects so fully with the ELC mission,” said Jessica Rodriguez, Coordinator of our Early Learning Communities.

“Llama Llama Red Pajama” is written by Anna Dewdney and has been translated into many languages. At our events, the book was read in English and Spanish.

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