MPS to join reading record attempt

Thursday event promotes childhood literacy

Minneapolis Public Schools students will be among those attempting to set a world record Thursday for the largest-ever shared reading experience.

The nation-wide event is a part of this year’s Read for the Record campaign sponsored by education nonprofit Jumpstart. The campaign aims to bring attention to the importance of early childhood literacy skills.

Students in Minneapolis kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms will join hundreds of thousands of young people and adults expected to read the campaign’s official book, “Corduroy,” on the same day.

The Pearson Foundation, a partner in the campaign and the non-profit arm of Pearson plc, an international media company, underwrote the cost of distributing the book. Sales of the special edition of  “Corduroy” benefit Jumpstart.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has recruited college students to work in early childhood education programs serving children from low-income communities. Their focus on early childhood literacy is intended to help prepare young children for learning when they enter kindergarten.