On October 4th, 2012, millions of adults and children read Ladybug Girl & the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, as part of Jumpstart’s national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and to support its mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Every year, Jumpstart sets a new world record by mobilizing adults and children across the country to read the same book on the same day. In Seattle, three energetic Team Leaders, 25 preschoolers, and four encouraging and supportive teachers participated in this annual event at the Douglas Truth Library in Seattle.
“The kids had so much fun today,” said Britnyie Johnson, a teacher from a nearby daycare center. “It is great to be able to bring them to the library in their community and connect them to the college students. They get excited to learn and it helps them get ready for kindergarten.”
Shontia Copeland-Walton, Daniella Rizos, and Sobia Sheikh are the three Jumpstart Team Leaders that led the reading. After the story, they helped the children decorate their own ladybugs, bumblebees, and dragonflys – all characters referenced in the book. The event was capped off with some popular songs, such as the Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus, and the children left at the end of the session proudly holding up their decorated bugs as they left the library.
Community volunteers helped Jumpstart Team Leaders continue the Read for the Record celebration by reading and delivering books to over 320 children that Jumpstart at UW will serve during the 2012 – 2013 academic year.