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Children & Families Commission promotes literacy

The Read for the Record campaign was celebrated Thursday at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.

By Susan BelknappPublished: October 09, 2009 02:30 PM

As part of a county-wide effort to support Jumpstart’s fourth annual “Read for the Record” campaign, the Children & Families Commission of Orange County invited local families to read the official campaign book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle at a special Big Books Booth at Westfield MainPlace Mall on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Read for the Record is a one-day celebration of reading, community service and fun in order to raise awareness and generate excitement about reading with young children, ensuring they learn crucial early language and literacy skills that will benefit them throughout life.

This year, Read for the Record set out to break the world record as adults read the same book on the same day to more than one million children across the country.

The commission’s Big Books Booth at Westfield MainPlace Mall brought in VIP readers throughout the day, including local elected officials, community leaders, professional athletes and media personalities to read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other books to a continuous stream of children. The Commission provided free copies of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other books to participating children.

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