DATE: October 4, 2013
Broward Commissioner Sue Gunzburger reads to children at Hollywood Central Elementary School on Read for the Record day.
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger used her past teaching and counseling skills while reading to kindergarten students for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. Nearly 60 children at Hollywood Central Elementary School sat captivated as Gunzburger read the book Otis written by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long.
“Hello boys and girls, I’m here to read you this book and we will be reading the same book today along with children from all over the world,” Gunzburger told the children. “Does anyone here know what Otis is?” The Commissioner asked. “A tractor,” most of the kids accurately shouted. “What do you call a story that didn’t really happen, does anyone know?” “Made up, make believe, not true,” guessed the children. “You are right and very big word for that is fiction,” said Gunzburger who worked as both a school teacher and family counselor.
"I used to read to my own children everyday when they were young. It's very important and we all enjoyed it," noted the Commissioner.
Commissioner Gunzburger was one of four Broward Commissioners who participated in National Read for the Record day on October 3. The campaign brings together millions of Americans to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. Last year the world record was broken when 2,385,305 adults and children participated in the campaign.
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.
Results from this year’s competition will be tallied and released at a later date by the Jumpstart and sponsors such as the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books.