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Help WVPB 'Read For The Record' Across West Virginia

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina is a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection and encountering change. WVPB will provide the book while supplies last.
Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina is a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection and encountering change. WVPB will provide the book while supplies last.

The West Virginia Public Broadcasting team, along with many of its great friends, will read the book Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina to children across the Mountain State on October 29, 2020, as part of Jumpstart’s international initiative, Read for the Record.

Kelly Griffith, WVPB’s Director of Education, says she's looking to make sure there are readers in each of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Last year, WVPB had more than 200 volunteers and reached more than 5,000 children at libraries, schools, Head Start programs, home school situations, after-school programs and day care facilities.

"The event fits an important part of our education vision here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting," Griffith said. "We understand the importance of early literacy for our young learners. Read for the Record is a statewide event where we collaborate with schools and libraries to host a read aloud on the same day with the same book and the same message.  Our goal is to have every county participating.

Griffith said she still needs readers in the following 20 counties: Barbour, Cabell, Calhoun, Doddridge, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Logan, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Wayne, Wirt and Wyoming.

"We understand this year may look different, but that’s okay!" Griffith said. "You may choose to do virtual reading if you cannot read live to a classroom. We will find a way to make it work and look forward to the meaningful impact of this statewide read aloud."

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina is a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection and encountering change. It is recommended for ages 5-7 years old and is a Newbery Medalist book. WVPB will provide a copy to registered readers while supplies last.

Jumpstart is a nonprofit early education organization with the core belief that every child has the potential to succeed.

For more information or to sign up, contact Kelly Griffith at kgriffith@wvpublic.org, call 304-556-4900 or sign up below

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