Broward County, FL - Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record on October 3. Together with Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, Commissioner Holness read to three classrooms; head start, kindergarten, and first grade at Westwood Heights Elementary School, in Fort Lauderdale. Commissioner Holness joined children and adults across the country to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience – part of a nationwide early education awareness campaign that each fall focuses national attention on the importance of reading.
Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is the annual event when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. On October 3, adults and children across the United States read the official campaign book, Penguin’s Otis, by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long.
“I totally support early education, it is critical that we ensure that our children read. Reading is a fundamental building block for creating success in life, for access to opportunities, and for building great wealth. Through reading anything is possible, reading allows you to know your possibilities,” said Commissioner Holness.
We Give Books, the digital reading initiative from the Pearson Foundation and Penguin, again made this year’s campaign book available for free through wegivebooks.org. Millions of people read Otis, the unforgettable children’s story of friendship and loyalty, in classrooms, libraries, community centers, homes and more. Otis is available to read now for free at www.wegivebooks.org, along with 200 other classic children’s books. We Give Books provide people everywhere with the opportunity to read books online, anytime, for free.