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North Woods students work to break a world reading record

Over 400 elementary students and staff at North Woods International School participated in the 11th annual Jumpstart Read for the Record.

North Woods International School children and adults gathered to read, learn, and laugh as they joined together for the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s official campaign book is “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach. It is the story of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights.

“This is another great way to connect children to reading,” said North Woods International teacher Sara DePaolo. “Active learning is a goal at North Woods, and we hope this might spark continued interest in not only story walks at school but develop some lifelong readers as well.”

Students were able to join a story walk, combining the pleasure of reading the book aloud while walking together outdoors. The story walk was a fun, educational activity that placed the pages from the children’s story along a walking route around the school. A story walk helps build student interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity and promoting the school’s theme of unity for both children and adults.

Since 2006, the national Read for the Record campaign has mobilized over 17 million people. North Woods’ participation this year will help to try and break the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. Last year, over 2.2 million children and adults from around the world read “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” written by Kelly Bennett. In 2013, Jumpstart broke the world reading record by reading with 2,462,860 children and adults.