Mayor James Joins in Record-Setting Nationwide Effort to Promote Early Literacy

October 1, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

(Kansas City, Missouri) — Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James will join Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation in a world-record-breaking campaign that brings together adults and children to read the same book on the same day.  This is the eighth year that Read for the Record has elevated the cause of literacy on a national scale. The Mayor will join with hundreds of other elected officials, school districts, and community partners to set a new world record by reading the official campaign book, Otis, by New York Times bestselling author, Loren Long.

“Developing a love of reading early in life is a building block for future success,” said Mayor James.  “I call upon all Kansas Citians who want to have an impact on the economy of the future to join me in making our community a City of readers.  Read to a child, read with a child, and have a child read to you every day.”

WHO: Mayor Sly James

WHAT: Read for the Record Campaign

WHEN: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Crossroads Academy, 1015 Central Street,  Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152