Porter-Leath celebrates Read for the Record Day

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(NEWS RELEASE) – Porter-Leath celebrated the power of reading Thursday with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day, which connects millions of volunteers and children across the country to read the same book on the same day. The national campaign, which highlights the importance of early literacy and language skills, has distributed thousands of books to children in underserved communities.

Jumpstart produces a special edition of the Read for the Record book each year that includes guiding questions and reading tips to help engage young children. Read for the Record celebrated its 14th anniversary with “Thank You, Omu!,” which shares the story of a generous elderly woman who shares a meal with her community. United Way of the Mid-South and International Paper teamed up to sponsor Read for the Record in Memphis this year, providing 3,000 copies of the book to Porter-Leath students.

“United Way of the Mid-South strives to advance individuals and families from where they are to where they dream to be,” said Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., President and CEO, United Way of the Mid-South. “One of the best ways to ensure a positive quality of life for Mid-Southerners is through education and early literacy. We are proud to be a part of Read for the Record with Porter-Leath and International Paper.”

“United Way of the Mid-South strives to advance individuals and families from where they are to where they dream to be,” said Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., President and CEO, United Way of the Mid-South. “One of the best ways to ensure a positive quality of life for Mid-Southerners is through education and early literacy. We are proud to be a part of Read for the Record with Porter-Leath and International Paper.”

Porter-Leath takes part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day to enrich classroom reading time in the agency’s Preschool Program, while heightening the community’s awareness of the need for early literacy practice. “Literacy lays the foundation for lifelong success,” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. “Participating in Read for the Record each year helps reinforce Porter-Leath’s commitment to providing language rich environments that spark children’s imaginations and love for reading.”

Porter-Leath’s early literacy initiatives have made a tremendous impact on children’s overall development through reading comprehension, letter and word recognition and vocabulary development. The organization’s comprehensive range of early childhood programs — Cornerstone, Preschool, Generations and Books from Birth — engages the child, family and community in an immersive learning experience that supports social, emotional and cognitive growth.

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