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Ivanhoe Times of Ivanhoe, Minnesota

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More than 100 volunteers across Southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record last week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota locally coordinated Jumpstart's Read for the Record, again this year. One hundred twenty volunteers read Not Norman A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett at twenty-one schools, twelve libraries, six child care/preschool centers and one radio station in Southwest Minnesota on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Not Norman is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

Jumpstart's Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early' education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. The goal is to bring attention to the importance of early childhood literacy. Locally, one hundred and seventy-one classrooms of PreK-2nd grade students were read to by United Way volunteers. This was the largest Read for the Record participation level in SW MN since United Way started locally coordinating the effort five years ago.

The Jump Start organization selects the book each year. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota.set up the reading location sites, recruited volunteers, ordered the books, and created corresponding learning activities that worked with the book selected. United Way of Southwest Minnesota donated a copy of the book to each classroom for continued use. Children and volunteers also received a sticker indicating that they helped set a reading record!

Schools that participated this year include: Bert Raney (Granite Falls), Canby, Clarkfield Charter, Stevens Elementary (Dawson-Boyd District), Hendricks, Holy Redeemer — Marshall, Lake Benton, Lakeview Elementary & Lakeview Headstart (Cottonwood), Lincoln Elementary (Ivanhoe), Lynd, Marshall Park Side, Minneota, Murray County Central, RTR (Ruthton), Samuel Lutheran-Marshall, St. Edwards (Minneota), St. Paul's (Fulda), St. Peter's (Canby), St. Mary's (Tracy), Tracy Public and Westbrook Walnut Grove.

Libraries that participated include: Canby, Clarkfield, Ivanhoe, Tracy, Minneota, Lake Benton, Tyler, Granite Falls, Marshall-Lyon County, Fulda, Dawson and Westbrook.

Child Care and Preschool Centers that participated include: Marshall Area Child Care, SMSU Child Care, Wee Care Preschool (Marshall), Lil Diggers Daycare (Lynd), Trinity PreSchool (Slayton) and Wonder World Preschool (Slayton).

The book was also read live on air on Marshall Radio.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who contributed their time to make Read for the Record a success in Southwest Minnesota. For more information about your local United Way visit For more opportunities to volunteer click the Volunteer Tab on the website.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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