In celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Wellington will take part in the 2021 Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County's Read for the Record Event on Thursday, October 28, 2021.
This year’s event will be held both in person and virtually. Council and community volunteers will visit elementary schools and learning centers wishing to have in-person readings. Council has also enlisted the help of community volunteers to record a virtual book reading of “Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon” by Kat Zhang, which will be shared with local schools. An English and Spanish book-reading recording will be available on Wellington’s Read for the Record webpage, along with activities for children and parents.
“Wellington is proud to once again take part in this national initiative to promote the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child,” said Village Manager Jim Barnes. “This year, we recognize that things still look and feel differently than they have before and we are committed to meeting our young residents, where they are: in classrooms, libraries, and homes across our Village.”
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a national campaign launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. That book is read across the country and around the world by adults and young readers on Read for the Record day.