Jumpstart Rings Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange in Celebration of “Read for the Record”

Actor & National Board Member Bridget Moynahan Leads Awareness Event for Early Literacy

October 12, 2017 (NEW YORK) — The national early education nonprofit, Jumpstart, rang the NYSE opening bell on Thursday, October 12th to kick-off their celebration of the Read for the Record campaign for early literacy. Jumpstart National Board Member and Actress, Bridget Moynahan, as well as fellow Board Member Jennifer Marrus were joined at the podium by President of the New York Stock Exchange Thomas Farley, as well as members of the Jumpstart volunteer Corps from local universities including Fordham University, Pace University, Lenham College, and York College.

Jumpstart works across the country to ensure that all young children have the opportunity to succeed in kindergarten, and beyond. And each year in October, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record invites parents, families, educators, and volunteers to come together to celebrate the power of reading. Next week on October 19, millions of people will join this global event to read this year’s book, Quackers by Liz Wong, and to share the joy of reading with a young child.

Reading with young children sets them on a path for success in kindergarten and in life,” says Ms. Moynahan on why she is proud to be a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. “The joy of reading is a life skill that should be instilled in every child.”

About Jumpstart’s Read for the Record
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 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. Previous year’s Read for the Record book selections have included beloved children’s classics such as The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle; The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf; Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, and many more. Learn more at readfortherecord.org.

Jumpstart is an early education nonprofit organization fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality early learning opportunities to all children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities by recruiting and training college students and community members to serve in classrooms where the need is highest. Our volunteers help prepare children for kindergarten, and set them on a path for lifelong success. Learn more at jstart.org and readfortherecord.org.

Press Contact:
Carly Stearnbourne | carly.stearnbourne@jstart.org

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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