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Nationwide Reading Experience Comes to Marshall County Schools

Kayla Leasure’s first grade class at Hilltop Elementary School was one of the more than 75 classes in Marshall County that participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record national event was held on Thursday, October 25, 2018. However, Marshall County Schools celebrated the campaign for multiple days so all Pre-K through second grade students could participate. A power outage caused McNinch Primary School to be rescheduled for November.

There were many volunteers who assisted Jeannie Blake, Marshall County Literacy Facilitator.  Phyllis Wharton, Kathy Vani, Mary Neehouse, Ruthie Crow, Mary Kay Wensyel, Mary Rose Robbins, Susan Inclan, Jennifer Lipiniski and Susan Edgel read the campaign book, Maybe Something Beautiful, to the classroom and left the classroom teacher with a copy of the book and many book related activities.  Additionally, the students were able to finger paint a class mural.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience.  It brings together more than 2 million people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers and homes across the United States. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Jumpstart is an early education nonprofit organization fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality early learning opportunities to all children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. It provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities by recruiting and training college students and community members to serve in classrooms where the need is highest. Its volunteers help prepare children for kindergarten, and set them on a path for lifelong success.