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Read for the Record entertained students 🎦
Posted on 11/08/2019

Thousands of 4 year olds throughout OCPS participated in the 14th annual Read for the Record Campaign, which aims to break the world record for the greatest number of people reading the same book on the same day.


Students listened intently as guest readers shared the book, Thank you, Omu!, written and illustrated by Oge Mora. 

The story shares how everyone in the neighborhood is drawn to the decadent smell of Omu’s stew wafting through the air. One by one they seek a taste of her dinner, and one by one she willingly shares a portion of it. Soon she’s left with an empty pot, but did she save any for herself? The heartwarming story focuses on the value of sharing and community. 

The campaign highlights the importance of building early literacy and language skills so every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. On Thursday, Nov. 7, James Russo, Curriculum and Instruction senior director, read to the 4 year olds at Killarney Elementary School’s Voluntary Prekindergarten classroom. 

Jumpstart estimates that adults nationwide will read Thank you, Omu! to more than two million children. For more information on the 2019 Read for the Record campaign click here.