Children across the country participated in one of the largest shared reading experiences on Thursday. Missouri Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, said Read for the Record highlights the need for quality early education. Click to hear Pearce:
Sen. Pearce added that the goal was to get about one million students in America to read the book Otis, by Loren Long. Click to hear Pearce:
In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story The Little Engine that Could. In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in the nationwide reading event, according to Jumpstart. Since its beginning, the campaign has engaged 9 million children and raised more than $8 million for early education programs.