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Zanesville students to participate in National Read for the Record event


Ohio University Zanesville Early Childhood Education majors will be participating in the National Read for the Record event sponsored by Jumpstart. The 20 University students in Colleen Romito's Early Literacy & Language, Guidance & Discipline and Creative Play classes will read to 60 preschoolers at the Zanesville Day Nursery.

The book for this year's event is "Otis" by Loren Long. Through the theme of friendship, Romito's students will engage the youths in developmentally-appropriate center-oriented activities to make cross disciplinary connections to the story. Activities include:

  • Creating a classroom barn mural
  • Creating individual friendship books
  • Participating in a sink and float activity and charting the findings
  • Retelling the story using flannel board pieces


"This project demonstrates Ohio University Zanesville's commitment to developing stronger relationships with Early Childhood Education programs in the community," Romito said.

"The college students have the opportunity to develop lesson plans that enhances their college education and participate in community service learning and the preschoolers have the benefit of the college students' creativity in developing hands-on activities. Best of all we all celebrate the importance of reading to your child every day. It really is a win-win," she said.

Now in its eighth year, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story "The Little Engine that Could" in 2006, in which Ohio University Zanesville participated. Jumpstart's supporters helped set a new record for reading the same book on the same day, and in the process, created a national forum for concerned citizens to voice their support of early education. In 2012, the campaign saw 2.3 million people participating.

"The Zanesville Day Nursery is delighted to be working with the students of Ohio University Zanesville for this year's Read for the Record," said Angie Kaiser, director at Zanesville Day Nursery. "The theme of friendship could not be more fitting. The children of the Nursery will not only see the students working together to create a fun filled morning, but they will also see the joy and delight in making a book come alive."

"The National Read for the Record Day is Oct. 3, but parents and children are encouraged to develop a reading habit anytime," Romito stated. "We are excited to be working with Zanesville Day Nursery and the Jumpstart program to provide this opportunity in our community."

The Zanesville Day Nursery event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

"It is through this partnership that the children of the Zanesville Day Nursery will become invested, lifelong readers as the staff and students of Ohio University Zanesville make reading fun, inviting and meaningful," Kaiser said.

To learn more about Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, visit www.jstart.org/readfortherecord