WCAC Head Start Co-Directors Evelyn Velez and Kathy Dow accept a check for $1,0000 from Southbridge Credit Union's Director of Marketing & Community Outreach Lismarie Collazo to support the Read for the Record event. (Submitted Photo)

WCAC Head Start Co-Directors Evelyn Velez and Kathy Dow accept a check for $1,0000 from Southbridge Credit Union’s Director of Marketing & Community Outreach Lismarie Collazo to support the Read for the Record event. (Submitted Photo)

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program will be participating in the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. This year’s official campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children, but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
WCAC Head Start
25 Cole Avenue, Southbridge
10 a.m.

Southbridge Credit Union last week presented WCAC with a check for $1,000 to support the Read for the Record event. The generous sponsorship enabled Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program to purchase 210 copies of the book so that each Head Start preschool student will be able to take a copy home to keep, while maintaining several copies in the program’s lending library for families to enjoy for years to come.

WCAC will welcome thirteen ‘celebrity’ readers to its classrooms to participate in this important literacy event. Participating readers are to include: State Representative Peter Durant, State Representative Joseph McKenna, Webster Public Schools Interim Superintendent Richard Lind, United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge & Charlton Executive Director Mary O’Coin, AJ Alkire of Point Breeze Restaurant, Leslie Baker of Webster Adult Basic Education and WCAC’s Board of Directors, WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis, as well as representatives from MAPFRE Insurance, Southbridge Credit Union and Southbridge Savings Bank.

Since 2006, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.