President Tandy helps Jumpstart “Read for the Record”
Friday October 2, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisivlle Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) will join hundreds of thousands of volunteers and children in a major effort to encourage reading as part of the Jumpstart “Read for the Record” program on Thursday, October 8th.
“I know from my own experience with my children, when you read to a child you show them the way to new experiences and learning,” says Tandy. “I am looking forward to this experience.”
Tandy, along with local and national celebrities, will read a very special book,” The Hungry Caterpillar” to children. What’s unique about the event is some 688,000 adults will read the same book, at the same time, all across the nation.
The reading will take place at the Dawson Orman Education Center of the Jefferson County Public Schools from 10:30am to 11:30am. The Center is located at 900 South Floyd Street.
The purpose of “Read for the Record” is to highlight an alarming statistic in public education. One in three American children enters school developmentally behind other children. From that moment forward, it becomes difficult to catch up with others.
“Many people may not realize that Jumpstart recruits adults to read and mentor to those children,” says Tandy. “Hopefully, this nationwide event will bring attention to that fact and we will have a whole new group of volunteers ready to help our children succeed.”
In 2008, “Read for the Record” raised almost $2,000,000 to finance early education work in low income communities.
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