On Thursday, October 22, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will lead thousands of elementary school children  in the 10th annual Read for the Record. Montana students from preschool to third grade will join with other children across the country and around the world in reading Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett.

     Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® . Each year, millions of children and adults take part in the world's largest shared reading experience to generate public support for high-quality early learning.

    The campaign focuses on closing the “word gap” which 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.
    “I hope Montana students will join with me this Thursday to celebrate the importance and the fun of reading,” Superintendent Juneau said. The Office of Public Instruction will send this video link to all public elementary schools in Montana so that students can read Not Norman along with Superintendent Juneau.
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.
     Jumpstart is a national early-education organization with the mission of ensuring that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Find out more about the campaign click HERE.