DATE: October 4, 2013
Commissioner Chip LaMarca reads to children at Floranada Elementary School on Read for the Record Day to promote literacy.
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
Broward County, Fla. - Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca returned to his old elementary school on Wednesday to read to kindergarten children on Read for the Record Day. Dozens of kindergarten children at Floranada Elementary School gathered to hear the Commissioner read the bestselling children’s book Otis.
“As a student of Floranada Elementary School in the 1970’s, it was an honor and a privilege to read the story of ‘Otis’ to the kindergarten class. We talked about teamwork, friendship and getting along with others. The students gave me much confidence that our future will continue to be bright. I even had the opportunity to visit with my second grade teacher,” said Commissioner LaMarca.
Read for the Record is a nationwide and worldwide annual campaign to shine a spotlight on the importance of literacy. The goal is to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience. Each year, on a specific date people and children come together to read the same book. This year the book was Otis, written by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long.
Four Broward County Commissioners joined in this year’s event scheduled on October 3. We Give Books, the digital reading initiative from the Pearson Foundation and Penguin, has made the book available for free through wegivebooks.org. Millions of people read Otis in classrooms, libraries, community centers, homes and more.
In 2012, the world record was broken as 2,385,305 adults and children around the world read on the same day. Results from this year’s competition will be tallied and released at a later date by Jumpstart and sponsors such as the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books.