Oct 7, 2011 11:17 AM by Laura Wilson (KAJ News)
KALISPELL- Elementary schools around the Kalispell School District tried to set two new national reading records as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign.
Board of Trustee members, business owners and Kalispell Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle traveled to five different elementary schools in the district and read "Llama Llama Red Pajama" to students.
They're joined by other children and adults from across the country as they tried to set the record for the largest shared reading experience, and the largest digital reading experience.
Read for the Record is a nationwide early education awareness campaign to get elementary students interested in reading.
"Whenever you put the word 'record' in there or say we're going to set a record today, it always piques their interest and makes them ask questions about it and gets them more involved in it. They want to be a part of that record-setting process. Getting adults that they really don't see a whole lot that are outside of our building makes it ever more interesting for them," Russell elementary School Principal Bill Sullivan explained.
The Pearson Foundation will donate a new copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama to schools around the country for every book read online as part of this campaign.