May 10, 2018 (NEW YORK CITY) — Last month, Jumpstart’s New York office hosted their annual Jumpstart For A Day (JFAD) events across four boroughs of New York, including the Lower East Side; the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and East New York, Brooklyn. JFAD celebrates the power of literacy by offering Jumpstart’s fun and interactive educational activities to all families in the New York community every spring.
Jumpstart Corps members and staff lead literacy activities, including creating sand art for Hooray a Piñata, painting a beautiful mural for Maybe Something Beautiful, playing an interactive telephone game for I Heard Said the Bird, and planting seeds for The Tiny Seed. A local children’s book author and local comic book writer both lead guest read-alouds, and New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera spoke at the Bronx celebration. Jumpstart distributed backpacks with literacy materials — over 1,500 books — to 700 children and their families!
Each JFAD celebration was supported by additional city-wide community organizations that distributed relevant resources and information to children and families. Partners included City’s First Readers, Literacy Inc., PreK for All, SNAP, New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Fire Department. Performing arts organizations also joined in the celebration with an interactive dance from UGOT Active Kids and singing and dancing from BiLingual Birdies.
Thank you to our local partners who supported our events and toall of the families who attended!