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Volunteers Attempt to Break Reading World Record

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept.  23, 2013—Students at River City Scholars Charter Academy, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, will join the national effort to attempt to break a world record by participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record on Thursday, October 3.  
Each year, Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation coordinate this special day to promote early childhood education. The organization picks one book that adults and children around the country can read together on the same day. This year, the book is “Otis” by author Loren Long.  
Volunteer readers from the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids will join students in River City’s second grade classrooms to share the story of Otis the tractor engine and his favorite calf. 
“We have a long history of mentoring and literacy advocacy in our club with such programs as STRIVE and Schools of Hope,” said Mark Potter, chairman of the rotary’s community action committee. “We also recently surveyed our membership and kids, academics, and literacy were clearly the areas of passion for our members. So the Jumpstart program was a perfect fit for us! The response has been great, and we’re very excited to partner with River City Scholars, a National Heritage Academies partner school, to promote early childhood education!”
The students and volunteer readers will be part of a world record breaking attempt. Last year’s event broke the record with 2,385,305 adults and children reading the same book on the same day. 
“In order to equip, empower, and educate our Scholars and prepare them for college, it is imperative for us to provide opportunities to model literacy in action,” said River City Scholars Principal Amena Moiz. “Read for the Record is an event that encourages reading and provides an opportunity for adults to model for our young readers.”  
The Read for the Record event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 3.  
River City Scholars Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school that serves students in grades young 5s through sixth.

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