BENEFITING: Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
EVENT: Read For The Record 2017
EVENT DATE: Oct 19, 2017
I was introduced to Jumpstart two years ago through my company's global volunteer event, Monster Help Day, in which AOL employees around the world give back to their communities. I wouldn't say it took much to get me to take off a morning of work on a beautiful spring day to go read to very adorable preschool children, but the day was still so much more memorable and rewarding than I could have ever expected. Yes it helped that one of the students told me I looked *just like* Elsa from Frozen, but Jumpstart and its teachers, volunteers, students, and communities won me over as soon as I walked through those school doors. Sitting on the floor amidst building blocks and what felt like impossibly small chairs, we read and painted and learned about the seasons and different species of flowers. In three short hours, I felt I had made more of a material impact on someone's life than I had ever done in my day job (sorry, boss!). And I left that day wanting to feel that impact amplified. I joined Jumpstart's Young Professional Board that year and have continued to volunteer through the organization's fundraising events as well as leading my company's Monster Help Day involvement with the organization. Read for the Record is one more (very easy) way we can feel those ripples of impact, and I hope you'll join me. In just a few clicks and with just a few dollars, you can feel the goodness of having impact on someone's life. We'll all be better off for it, and we are all stronger together! A bit more Jumpstart and Read for the Record here: Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national campaign that was launched over a decade ago to help to help shine a light on the importance of closing the kindergarten readiness gap by building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child. Reading aloud with young children — whether in the classroom, at home, or in the community — builds literacy and language skills and provides positive reading experiences that instill a love of reading. Children with strong literacy and language skills are more likely to succeed in kindergarten, and a love of reading can foster a love of learning that will benefit children for years to come.