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Providence Mayor Taveras, Students “Read for the Record”

October 15, 2012


Providence Mayor Angel Taveras captured the attention of kindergartners in Providence October 4 by reading a story about Ladybug Girl’s eventful play date with Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl and their friends.

The mayor read aloud to students at the Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School Annex, participating in the Read for the Record, a national initiative sponsored by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation to break the world record for the most people reading the same book in one day.

The annual event was established to promote awareness about the importance of early literacy skills for preschoolers and kindergartners. Across the nation on the selected day, an estimated 2.5 million children will read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” by authors David Soman and Jacky Davis.

“Reading to children and encouraging them to read on their own is one of the most important things we can do to help them achieve academically and succeed in life,” said Taveras.

Taveras read “Ladybug Girl” to two kindergarten classes, including reading the book in Spanish to a classroom of bilingual students. After reading, the mayor provided students with library card applications and copies of his book, “How to Do Well in School.”

Taveras was joined by Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan F. Lusi, Providence Public Schools officials and Children and Youth Cabinet volunteers in reading to Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms across the city.

The Pearson Foundation donated copies of “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” to all of the pre-K and kindergarten classrooms in the Providence Public School District, and Books Are Wings is donating 200 books for kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School as part of this year’s Read for the Record event.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a notice to mayors across the country prior to the event, urging them to participate in the Read for the Record program. The Conference of Mayors cited Mayor Taveras as a champion of this effort and touted Providence’s work to promote grade-level reading. More than 40 mayors across the country participated in Read for the Record events.