“The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach has been announced as the 2016 Read for the Record Book. Join us October 27 as we again partner with Jumpstart to read and break a new world record. Child care providers have registered to be an official Read for the Record partner and were mailed a copy of the book after they registered their center. Volunteer registration is now closed. If you participated in Read for the Record please submit your information here and be counted. Thank you to all our participants and to PNC for their support!
The Literacy Coalition celebrated the 2015 Read for the Record on October 22 by coordinating 800 local volunteers to read to 14,000 children at 300 childcare centers and schools throughout Palm Beach County. The campaign was funded locally by PNC Bank and featured the book, Not Norman, by Kelly Bennett.
The main event was held at the Barnes & Noble and PetSmart in Boynton Beach. Children from the community and the Literacy Coalition’s early literacy and family literacy programs attended along with Tiny Tikes Academy and West Palm Beach Junior Academy preschool classes. Children enjoyed story time with guest celebrity readers Tania Rogers, WPTV NewsChannel 5, and Kim Reckley, PNC Bank, went on a scavenger hunt and participated in additional hands-on activities.
Mayors and public officials competed in our annual contest to see which municipality would have the greatest number of community leaders reading. Out of 16 participating municipalities, 225 officials and staff members read at more than 111 centers to 7,020 children. The City of Boynton Beach won for larger cities where 65 adults read to 1,814 students and the Town of Lantana, the winner for smaller municipalities, had 28 adults read to 610 students. Honorable mentions went to the City of West Palm Beach, the Village of Palm Springs and the City of Lake Worth.
We thank everyone who supported Read for the Record and give a special thanks to the members of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, who had 75 firefighters from 25 fire stations read to more than 2,000 students throughout the county.