The Fresno State Equestrian Team partnered with Children’s Hospital Central California to help set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.
It was all part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. The student-athletes read “Corduroy” by Don Freeman with patients in waiting rooms throughout the hospital. Each child received a copy of the book to take home as well as a sticker that says “I set a world record.”
Read for the Record is a national movement to engage adults and children in the shared learning experiences all children need to be successful in school and in life.
Children’s Hospital recognizes the importance of early childhood literacy and is striving to promote and encourage literacy in the Central Valley through its Literacy Program. Doctors and medical staff talk to families about the importance of reading and write special prescriptions for parents to read to their children. This program includes the gift of a book each time a child has a check-up. Children’s also sponsors quarterly literacy fairs where community volunteers read and distribute books to patients.
The Children’s Literacy Program is funded through a combination of local and federal grants from Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, Target, Bank of America, and The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation.