Read for the Record's national book reading draws millions of participants
A group of students took part in a national book reading organized by Jumpstart in an attempt to break a world record.
Students of Blake and Milford Day Care Center, among others across the nation, participated in a book reading of "The Bear That Ate My Sandwich" at Cypress Hills Library.
Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a national campaign that was organized to address and encourage young children's education.
"Nationally, we get everyone together to read the same book on the same day and we break the world record. This year we're hoping to have 2.4 million readers across the nation and in a few different places outside of the country," says Victoria True, of Jumpstart's Read for the Record.
The events aim to encourage students to start reading, especially those who aren't exactly bookworms. The young students' reactions seem to show it's working.
"I love it," says Alexis, a student who participated in the reading.
In Cypress Hills, many groups are working to improve literacy and get families involved.
"In East New York specifically, studies show that 3 out of every 10 students are reading on grade level," explains Indhira Castro, of East New York Reads.
Each student who attends the meetings receives a free book that includes vocabulary activities to take home and read.