October 7, 2011
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop necessary language and literacy skills.
Anyone who happened to wander by the courtyard at Texas Tech’s College of Education during the lunch hour Thursday likely saw a strange sight – a llama – or rather, two – accompanied by red pajamas and a patchwork blanket.
Texas Tech’s Jumpstart Lubbock and the College of Education sponsored a local Read for the Record on the day of the national event.
Sponsored by Jumpstart, Read for the Record is a one-day yearly event which pledges to read a chosen book to millions of children across America. This year’s book is “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney.
Three pre-K classrooms from Ramirez Elementary were treated to a picnic lunch and a reading of the book, with two live llamas on hand, provided by Sam Jackson from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Carole Janisch, co-primary investigator for Jumpstart and a member of the Language and Literacy faculty, supplied red pajamas and a blanket like the ones featured in the book.
In the rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama. Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.
Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide.
The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.
Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy and secondary education.
The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology and special education.