In 2023, over 2 million readers participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record and #SharedLove by reading With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez and illustrated by André Ceolin! Your excitement and love for this mission enables millions of children and adults to connect in these important shared reading experiences worldwide year after year.
Thousands of communities and schools participated as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience, and we are thrilled to now announce the 2023 Read for the Record award winners:
First Time Participant:
For a first-time participant that went above and beyond
New Story Schools: Rivermont Richmond, VA
New Story Schools: Rivermont, a collection of special-education schools serving students with autism spectrum disorder, behavioral, and emotional challenges through academic learning and behavior support services, had over 1,000 students and staff across 15 schools participating in their first ever Read for the Record! Activities included older students reading to younger ones, students writing postcards and letters, and making a collaborative quilt and memory book.
Best Community Celebration:
For a great celebration that brought people together
Icahn Charter School 4 Bronx, NY
Icahn celebrated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by hosting a Family Night, where students and families read the book together. Every family received a book and participated in discussions about the importance of heritage and culture, followed by a performance by the Ballet Fiesta Mexicana music group. Afterwards, rotating activity stations were set up using Jumpstart’s provided activities, and a community meal with traditional Mexican foods.
District of the Year:
For a school district that hosted an outstanding celebration
Griffin-Spalding County Schools Griffin, GA
Griffin-Spalding County Schools partnered with their English for Speakers of Other Languages department, media specialists, and speech-language pathologists to promote and celebrate Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. With a focus on students learning to read in English, over 2,300 students across 17 schools participated in activities centered around With Lots of Love’s themes, including making piñatas, crafts and a special recorded reading by the district superintendent.
A special recognition goes to our Impact Partner of the Year: Broward Reads!
Broward Reads in Broward County, Florida is the largest district participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, with 40,000 children participating this year, and we are so appreciative of their years of support! This year, Broward celebrated with over 580 reading events, including panel events at the Children’s Literacy Conference with Read for the Record author Jenny Torres Sanchez, and collaborations with many community organizations, including libraries, museums, and the Florida Panthers, and public officials including superintendent, Dr. Peter Licata and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Jumpstart Read for the Record billboards and promotion in Broward also resulted in 5.8 million media impressions. You can check out some of their celebration highlights below!