Monday, October 25, 2010

Fayette Schools and United Way Help Set a New World Record

A total of 3,000 Fayette students in grades kindergarten through fourth joined other students around the world on October 7 to read Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.” By doing so, they were among the more than two million children who helped break a world record of the most people reading the same book.

Spearheaded by the United Way and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, the reading initiative brings together children and adults to read the same book, on the same day to emphasize the power of reading. Research shows that children who learn to read well at an early age will read more independently, achieve more in math, social studies and science; and are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

The United Way of Fayette and Coweta Counties presented the school system with a certificate of recognition for students’ participation in the worldwide event.

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