Published: Sep 30, 2010 7:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 4:46 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - On Thursday, October 7, East Naples Middle School (ENM) reading teachers will be sending some 35 of their students off to the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology (LWIT) Early Childhood Program (3702 Estey Avenue) and Shadowlawn Elementary School (2161 Shadowlawn Drive) to take part in breaking a world record! The 35 ENM students will be involved in Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" campaign, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. Read for the Record brings children and adults together with the goal of setting a new world record for the greatest number of people reading the same book on the same day. This year, record breakers will all read The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.

ENM students will be escorted by one of their teachers to their destination, and should arrive at LWIT at approximately 9:30 a.m., and Shadowlawn (SLE) at 9:45 a.m. Once there, the students will be paired with a reading partner ranging in age from three to eight years old. The students will share the book and take part in an extension activity to culminate the experience. Each student and their reading partner will then be able to donate a book to another charitable organization through the We Give Books Foundation (

Together, ENM and SLE students, along with the toddlers at LWIT, will be working, reading, motivating, and helping to break a world record, all for a great cause.

To learn more, please contact ENM reading coach Dana Tracy at 377-3600.