Utica Community Schools kindergarten students are starting their school careers
with an eye on becoming part of history.
The students joined the global
effort to be among nearly 3 million children to read Otis by Loren
Long, at the same time and set a world record.
Coordinated by Jumpstart
since 2006, Thursday's "Read for the Record" celebration highlighted the
importance of reading to very young children to develop crucial early language
and literacy skills.
Last year, 2.3 million students read Llama
Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.
Since its inception, more than
nine million students nationwide have participated in the program. This year's
book - Otis - was selected by members of the public who voted at www.readfortherecord.org.
Otis is a
fun-loving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day's work and plays in the
haystacks. His heroism and concern for a friend are themes that appeal to young
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