For Immediate Release
|Brooke Cato, left, of Woodburn, Ky., and Hannah Boyd of Simpsonville, Ky., read to children in the
“Read for the Record” event at the Campbellsville University School of Education building. (Camp-
bellsville University Photo by Naranchuluu Amarsanaa)
By Tori Banks, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s School of Education hosted the third annual “Read for the Record” event for the community of Campbellsville recently. This event was part of a nationwide Jumpstart program designed to promote early literacy.
Dr. Colleen Walker, assistant professor of education, said, “This is the third year the School of Education has hosted a ‘Read for the Record’ event to support Jumpstart, which is a program designed to support young children from disadvantaged backgrounds to get an early start so they can be successful later in school.”
Walker said CU invited the children of the universities’ faculty and staff to attend the event as well as children from the local and surrounding counties.
“Each year Jumpstart picks a book to be read and that book is read nationally, including on the Today Show,” Walker said.
Anna Dewdney’s book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” was this year’s Jumpstart book. CU students in the elementary teacher preparation program read this story to the children who attended the event.
After they heard the story, children had the opportunity to visit various stations where they could participate in several arts and crafts projects. Each family was given a copy of the book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and activities they could do with their children at home to further promote their child’s literacy.
Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” has become a significant tool used by CU’s school of education to help make connections to the community. Through this program, students and faculty have been able to invest in the lives of young children. “Read for the Record” helps to empower and promote student learning and has been a great success at CU, Walker said.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.