Potsdam preschoolers among millions setting new reading world record
Friday, November 1, 2013 - 9:28 am

POTSDAM – Preschoolers in SUNY Potsdam’s Child Care Center help set a new world record recently.

On Oct. 3, the youngsters at the center participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record by reading the book "Otis" by Loren Long, putting them among 2,462,860 children worldwide who set a new record for reading the same book at once.

Since 2006, Jumpstart has partnered with the Pearson Foundation on a campaign that brings together millions of Americans to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day.

Linda Dashnaw, program assistant at the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, read the book to 28 preschool children, followed by a felt board activity.

So far, the campaign has engaged 9 million children, raised more than $8 million for early education programs and provided more than 1.2 million books for children in low-income neighborhoods.

SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center is a fully licensed, center-based child care facility, serving children of the college's faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large.

For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu/faculty/spccc.