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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: SEPTEMBER 19, 2007


State Superintendent June Atkinson will join her colleagues nationwide tomorrow, Sept. 20, in the Read for the Record Jumpstart event by reading to kindergartners at E.P. Pearce Elementary School in Guilford County at 9 a.m. and at Mallard Creek Elementary School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg at 1 p.m.

"Reading is a fundamental skill for school success, but reading also is a skill that can enrich your entire life," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I encourage families to read together every day."

Jumpstart is a national nonprofit organization focused on intervening early in the lives of at-risk children. The Read for Record 2007 Campaign was announced in May in conjunction with the International Reading Association’s annual convention in Toronto. The campaign goal is to create the largest "shared reading experience" ever by breaking the record set on a single day in August 2006, when 150,000 people read the same book across the country.

This year, the one-day reading event is on Sept. 20. The official campaign book is a limited custom edition of the Penguin Young Readers Group classic, "The Story of Ferdinand," by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson.

For more information, please contact the Communications division at NCDPI, 919.807.345


About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.