by Zeni Colorado
In partnership with the Future Educators Association of Emporia High School, the Flint Hills PDK Chapter participated in Jumpstart's annual Read for the Record Campaign on Thursday, October 6, 2011. This year’s Read for the Record book was Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama. Volunteer readers from the Future Educators Association ® of Emporia High School as well as PDK Chapter members and faculty and students of Emporia State University read to various USD 253 schools in Emporia, Kansas as well as the Early Childhood Education Center. Together these volunteer readers read to over 1,200 student participants! The final count was 1, 277. This breaks last year's previous local record of 905 student participants.
Special thanks go to Ms. Carmaine Ternes, the FEA students at Emporia High School, Dr. Jane Eberle, and other ESU faculty and student volunteer readers. Kansas first lady Mary Brownback also participated in the event by reading to kindergartners at Scott Technology Magnet School (http://cjonline.com/news/2011-10-06/first-lady-reads-kindergarten-students).
According to the PDK International Website, “The annual Read for the Record campaign encourages teens and adults to read with young children. By encouraging a single, common day of reading engagement where participants read the same book, Jumpstart attempts each year to set a new world record and raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education. “ We hope you will join us in the event again next year!