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Read for the Record

Pre-K students across the district today joined in an effort to break a world record: the number of people reading the same book on the same day. Read for the Record brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the United States. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

At Backman Elementary this morning, Pre-K students and their parents gathered and listened as the school's Library Technology Teacher, Shelly Powell Hamilton, read  Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. The book is based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. 

This afternoon, Dr. Lexi Cunningham, the Superintendent of Salt Lake City School District, visited North Star Elementary, where she read the same book to students and their parents. Afterwards, the students and their parents worked on art activities based on the book.


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