On Oct. 4, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students will be participating in the Read for the Record event, an international campaign that encourages literacy.
The students in grades pre-kindergarten through first grade will join other school children from around the world as they read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” the book chosen for this year's event.
Last school year, GCPS set the record as the largest school district to participate with 34,815 students who read in the single-day event. About 1,700 volunteers also read with them.
This year, the district is hoping to break that record.
In each participating classroom, a volunteer will read to students as they participate in this day of learning. The school will count the number of students that read or hear the story, which will be totaled in this year’s new count.
If you are interested in reading to students, contact your local school.
If you want to read along or watch the event, GCPS will also air a special five-minute program featuring activities on Oct. 4 at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The show also can be watched live at: www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcpstv/live.html