SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE November 2014
Office of Early Literacy & Parent Engagement Partners with United Way and MegaEducation for Annual National Jumpstart Read for the Record Celebration
Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez reads to the Kindergartners at Naylor School.
The Office of Early Literacy & Parent Engagement organized their annual national JumpStart Read for the Record celebration. This year, more than 60 district volunteers read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells in Kindergarten classrooms all over the district. The kick-off event was hosted by Naylor School on Tuesday, October 21st. (Last year, the campaign set a world record for the largest shared experience with more than 2 million people reading Otis by Loren Long all on the same day.)
United Way volunteer coordinator extraordinaire, Patrick Doyle prepares the vounteer readers for their reading assignments.
We want to thank Mr. Guillaume Gendre, Principal at Naylor CCSU Leadership Academy, for his gracious offer to host the kick-off event. Special thanks also to our community partners, MegaEducation and United Way who were crucial participants in the event.
Being at Naylor brought back fond memories to Hartford PreK Magnet School Principal, HPS Early Literacy & Parent Engagement Executive Director and event lead, Dee Cole. Naylor was her elementary school when she was a child. Dee told us that she loved her fifth grade teacher, Miss DiBenedetto so much that she used to stroll past her house on Saturdays hoping that her favorite teacher would notice her.
(Left to right) Guillaume Gendre, Principal at Naylor CCSU Leadership Academy, Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Dee Cole, Executive Director, Office of Early Literacy and Parent Engagement, MegaEducation's Attorney Jeffrey Dressler, and Susuan Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut kick-off the mornign's event.
Ms. Cole says of JumpStart Read for the Record that, "It is a very special day every year for our elementary schools and our students because it offers us the opportunity to visit them and support their work around literacy, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the district’s Third Grade Promise."
Volunteer reader, Dr. Narvaez is welcomed to her assigned Kindergarten classroom.
For more information about JumpStart Read for the Record
, please contact Dee Cole, Executive Director, Office of Early Literacy and Parent Engagement at 860- 695-8565 or firstname.lastname@example.org