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Posted October 8, 2013

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Superintendent 'Reads for the Record' to Students at Lavaland

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks reads the book “Otis” about a helpful tractor along with millions of others across the country who read the same book on the same day.

Superintendent Winston Brooks read to preschoolers at Lavaland Elementary on Thursday, Oct. 3, as part of Read for the Record, an annual event when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. The book everyone read was “Otis,” by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long, about a friendly tractor who sets out to help many people in his community.

“We need to focus our efforts in New Mexico on early childhood education,” Brooks told media that attended the event. “It is important for students from very early ages to have the fundamentals of reading, and we need to model that as adults.”

Read for the Record is a campaign by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation to celebrate literacy. Pearson donated 500 copies of “Otis” to APS which were distributed to classrooms and libraries across the district. The preschoolers at Lavaland also each got their own copy.

“It was great to be able to read to these young students and to engage them in questions and answers about the book,” Brooks said. “I am glad each of these students left with a book of their own. We want parents and guardians to practice reading with our students. It was just awesome to see how excited they got about getting a book and being read to."

We Give Books provides the opportunity to read books like "Otis" and other children's classics online for free.


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