Naila Bolus is the President and CEO of Jumpstart.
The buzz building around Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is inspiring. Yesterday, in our first-ever Twitter chat, I witnessed families, community organizations, non-profits, corporate partners, and influencers come together for an engaging online discussion in celebration of Jumpstart’s mission and our 2013 Read for the Record campaign.
We were thrilled to be joined on Twitter by Loren Long, the New York Times best-selling author of Otis, the timeless story of friendship millions of children will read on October 3. Tiffani Thiessen, actress and star of USA’s White Collar and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record celebrity ambassador, joined the conversation to share her personal perspective of why she supports Jumpstart’s mission and is so excited to read during this year’s campaign.
We shared such a fantastic discussion around #ReadfortheRecord, and in case you missed it, here are just a couple of my favorite tweets.
I asked Loren Long what key lessons Otis can teach children, and one of them happens to touch on Jumpstart’s core value of kindness!
Life lessons from Otis: Otis puts everyone else before himself. Selfless tractor, he is. Work hard, play hard. Be kind. #readfortherecord
— Loren Long (@lorenlong) September 17, 2013
Tiffani Thiessen shared her high hopes for success on October 3 and encouraged everyone to join the Read for the Record celebration.
— Tiffani Thiessen (@TAThiessen) September 17, 2013
Take a look at our full summary to relive the engaging discussion.
As the official reading day approaches, I hope you will take a moment to pledge to read Otis to a child in your life. Together we’ll break a world reading record, but more importantly, we’ll highlight the critical importance of early literacy and high-quality early childhood education.
Join the Jumpstart family and millions across the country (and around the world!) as we come together on October 3 to celebrate the value of putting children first.