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Read for the Record celebrated at Toomer Elementary

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By Kimberly Willis Green
In celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen and members of her leadership team spent their morning at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School reading Bunny Cakes to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students on October 21. The book is by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.
Carstarphen and her leadership team participated in the annual reading campaign that highlights the need for literacy across America by encouraging adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. Since 2006 Jumpstart has partnered with the Pearson Foundation on a campaign that brings together millions of Americans in an effort to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day.
At the Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta, dozens of first grade students from Margaret Fain Elementary participated in a special reading of the same book by the museum’s “imaginator” storytellers, followed by arts and crafts projects with their teachers at the museum. Members of the Atlanta-based Jumpstart Community Corps assisted Fain students with making paper bunny ears of their own. After arts and crafts, the students were invited to spend “A Day of Play” to explore the museum.
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools, and 2 citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and in life. For more information, visit

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