Community Volunteers Gather to Kick Off City-wide Literacy Event, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

Community Volunteers Gather to Kick Off City-wide Literacy Event, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

On October 28, 2021, Hartford Public School Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joined community and city leaders in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a campaign mobilizing volunteers to read to students in the classroom.  They read Kat Zhang’s “Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon” to 1st grade students at E.B. Kennelly School.

Volunteers all over the city read the book to Kindergarten classrooms then left the book for the students as part of their classroom library- all part of #Jumpstart #ReadForTheRecord, organized by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and the Hartford Public Library.

The event, organized by the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and the Hartford Public Library, celebrates the 16th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®.  Read for the Record® is the world’s largest shared reading experience for children and will bring together more than 150 volunteers in the region. This year’s hybrid model allows volunteers to participate in-person or pre-record their read-aloud.  This project aims to help children stay on track with their reading levels.

The always excellent Kennelly School Premier Drumline, led by music teacher Mike Pontecorvo, greeted volunteer readers

Volunteer readers, backed by the Kennelly Drumline, get ready to read! (Left to right) United Way Chief Operating Officer Stefanie Boles, CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT CEO and President Paula Gilberto, HPS Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, NBC-CT “CT Live” host and personalty Taylor Kinzler, HPS Family and Community Partnerships Chief Nuchette Black-Burke, and HPS Executive Director of School Leadership Tyrone Richardson

 

Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez (back left) and students in Ms. Doyle’s 1st grade classroom strike a silly dragon pose after Dr. Torres-Rodriguez shared the book with class

 

After sharing the book, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin waves goodbye to Ms. Gilson’s 1st Grade class. He said he wished he could stay at Kennelly School for the rest of the day.

The Kennelly School Student Patrol led volunteer readers to their assigned classrooms

 

Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey (right) receives her book to read to a classroom. The Hartford Public Schools Literacy Team (left) coordinated the kick-off event

 

(Left to right) Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, and United Way of Central and Northeaster Connecticut CEO and President join forces to promote early literacy