Reading for the Record and a Visit from Simba

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On October 3, children and adults across America united to read the children’s book Otis by Loren Long as part of Jumpstart’s national campaign, Read for the Record. Each year, this campaign brings millions individuals together to promote the importance of early childhood education, literacy and kindergarten preparedness. At the Drew Hamilton Early Learning Center, participants and staff joined the mission by reading the book on friendship together and creating art work. Children’s Aid’s very own Chief Operating Officer, Bill Weisberg, read the book to children in the green room and was acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation.

In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Check back soon for an update on the official results of this campaign.

As a special treat, the children were later joined by singer/actor, Oliver Clifton who played role of “Simba” in The Lion King in both the Las Vegas and New York City productions. Clifton helped the children work up an appetite with numerous song and dance activities in the center’s yard who wore their Otis inspired head gear.