Literacy for young learners is the focus of a national effort on Oct. 21 called "Read for the Record" in which Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will participate.
At several schools and community locations the same book, “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells, will be read to young children. In addition, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz has proclaimed Oct. 21 as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day in the city.
This is part of a national effort to focus attention on the importance of early literacy by setting a new record for the largest shared reading experience.
“Last year’s book was read to more than 3,000 children locally and over 2.4 million nationally," said Vicki Roy, one of the event's organizers. "We hope to beat that number with this year’s event."
Readers at locations across the community will include District 191 Superintendent Joe Gothard, Burnsville High School Athletic Director Jeff Marshall and mascot Sparky, State Sen. Jim Carlson, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville City Manager Heather Johnston, Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, Eagan City Manager Dave Osberg, Savage Mayor Janet Williams. Savage City Manager Barry Stock, Burnsville Chamber Executive Bill Corby, Savage Chamber Executive Anne Masis, local business people, police officers and members of local civic organizations.
“By participating in Read for the Record, we focus attention on ending the achievement gap in early education and promoting a solid foundation for all children to succeed academically while we help set a new world record,” according to Cindy Check, coordinator of District 191's Community Education Early Childhood Family Education.
“Bunny Cakes” will be read in Spanish at 2:30 p.m. in the lower-level atrium at Diamondhead Education Center and the Savage Library is featuring the book at the 10:30 a.m. Early Literacy Preschool Storytime on Oct 21. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group or individual for the event or to let Check know you have read the book online at www.wegivebooks.org.
“We hope parents, grandparents and friends will take this chance to read to a child,” said Roy. "It helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Read for the Record helps to highlight the importance of reading.”