Byard & Area Leaders Participate - Read for Record at PKS

October 2, 2008

On October 2nd, Prattville Kindergarten celebrated Jumpstart's Read for the Record with Mayor Byard, Superintendent Larry Butler, First Baptist Church Pastor Travis Coleman, Dr. Bill Morgan of the Autauga Baptist Association, Prattville Police Officers from the School and Public Relations Division, and Prattville Fire Medic Tony Shaw.

Mayor Jim Byard reading to Ms. Miller's class.


Officer T. R. Hope, Dr. Bill Morgan, and Pastor Travis Coleman with students in Ms. Harris' class.


Sgt. Skip Tallmage and Superintendent Larry Butler with students in Ms. Harris' class.


Fire Medic Tony Shaw providing books to Mayor Jim Byard who then handed them out to students in Mrs. Hibbard's class.

Today's event was part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. This program brings national attention to the importance of preparing our children to read at an early age by organizing the world’s largest shared reading experience. Today, all over the United States readers of all ages joined together to break the world record for the most children reading the same book with an adult on the same day. The book read was Corduroy by Don Freeman. Corduroy, with his unaffected simplicity and childlike emotion, is one of the best-loved bears in children’s books. His story has become an irresistible childhood classic, as basic and appealing as a small bear’s desire for a home and a friend and the perfect fulfillment found in the devotion of a young girl.

Thousands of reading events were organized by Governors, Mayors, schools, businesses, libraries, individuals and other organizations. During the past two years, more than 400,000 children participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign. The campaign has raised more than $2,000,000 to support Jumpstart’s mission.

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