Education faculty and students participate in “Read for the Record”

Teacher reading to students

For more than 25 years, the Jumpstart organization has focused on giving children across the United States tools to succeed in school.  Its early childhood programs focus heavily on reading, literacy and social-emotional learning – especially in underserved populations. 

This year, Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” event united community partners across the nation in reading “Thank You, Omu!” to pre-kindergarten children of all backgrounds.

In South Florida, FIU CASE’s Master of Science in Early Childhood Education Program joined area universities, zoos, museums and other access-focused organizations for this literacy campaign. Jennifer Mirabal and Daniela Foerch and students Shondra Smith, Leslie Alvarez, Victoria Sola and Krystal Fernandez read to 100+ students at both Santa Clara Elementary School (County District 3) and Zora Neale Elementary School (County District 11).

Nationwide, Jumpstart exceeded their goal of bringing together over 2 million readers from 49 states and 34 countries.

Through partnerships like these, FIU CASE supports community organizations with shared missions to inspire the next generation of explorers and creators.