Eighty Preschool Students Participate in College of Education Event

The local children participated in a reading of “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad.”

Jumpstart Lubbock and the Texas Tech College of Education sponsored a local Read for the Record on the day of the national event (Oct. 4).

Sponsored by Jumpstart, Read for the Record is a one-day annual event promoting literacy education by enlisting volunteers to read a chosen book to millions of children. This year’s book is “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

Guest readers read this year’s book to 80 preschool students from Ramirez Elementary at the Texas Tech College of Education.

Jumpstart corps members, Texas Tech’s Masked Rider, Raider Red and members of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland also participated in the event.

Singer and actress, Ashanti, the national ambassador for Read for the Record read the book on the “Today” show, kicking off the campaign across the country.

Since 2006, Read for the Record has engaged 7 million children in its campaign to promote early childhood education and has raised more than $7 million for early-education programs.

Jumpstart is a program that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on the path for lifelong success.