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Be a United Way Volunteer Reader

You have an opportunity to support children's literacy as we partner with schools throughout New London County to help students achieve their academic goals. Read for the Record® is a national annual campaign from Jumpstart to bring children together with grownups to read the same book on the same day as we try to break a world record - again! Click here to register.

Read for the Record® focuses on closing the "word gap" - a gap that often exists because many children from low-income families hear up to 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers by the time they enter kindergarten. Read for the Record highlights the importance of building the language and literacy skills which are essential for children to succeed in school and in life.

This year is especially exciting as Read for the Record® celebrates its 10th anniversary! The book selected for volunteer readers is Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

On October 22, volunteer readers are asked to meet first at United Way for a brief orientation and to pick up their supplies including the book. Your school assignment will be emailed to you the week prior to the event along with further details.

>> Interested in more about reading to kids? Browse through a guide with tips and tools for reading from United Way Worldwide.

About Read for the Record® and Jumpstart
Jumpstart's Read for the Record® is a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world's largest shared reading experience. Jumpstart is a national early education organization with vision to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.