black_book_reading.jpgEvery year, millions of adults and children gather on a single day to set a new reading record and to show their support for early literacy by joining Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record.”

The School District of Palm Beach County will join the initiative this Thursday, Oct. 6. The Pearson Foundation has donated the book, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney to pre-K and kindergarten classrooms in the school district. 

First- and second-grade teachers may enter the challenge of breaking a new digital reading record by taking a pledge to read the book online to their students at

Several officials will support the initiative. They include West Palm Beach Mayor Geraldine Muoio, who will read at Pleasant City Elementary at 10:30 a.m. and School Board Member Chuck Shaw, who will read at Pine Jog at 9 a.m. and at Meadow Park at 10:30 a.m.

An unidentified state Board of Education member from the Florida Department of Education will also take part in the reading drive in the district.

“Last year about 12,000 students from the school district were part of the ‘Read for the Record’ campaign. Besides breaking the record this year, the main goal is to demonstrate the importance of reading to children as an important step to increase literacy within our school district," Linda Golightly of the district’s Department of Elementary Curriculum, said in a statement.

This initiative fits in with the School District Key Result to assure that all students of each racial/ethnic group will be proficient in reading as measured by FCAT Reading 2.0.

For more information, call Golightly 561-434-8806 or e-mail linda.golightly @palmbeach