Jumpstart's Read for the Record

November 7, 2019

Maybe Something Beautiful

Join us for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. On November 7, 2019 children and adults worldwide will take action by participating in 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 campaign book, Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora, tells a story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of stew. The yummy scent of her stew brings all of her community members over to her home. By the end, she shares a delicious feast with her neighbors and everyone contributes to the meal.

Use the links below to organize this wonderful event at your school.

Register to participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record® with this year's campaign book, Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora.


A BIG thank you to all the schools that joined us for Read for the Record


Special Guest Readers included:

Dr. David McNeil, Assistant Superintendent for Mesa Public Schools

Lynnette Michalski, Director of Assessment

Stephanie Montez, Principal at Adams Elementary

Teja Alleyne, Dean of Students at Adams Elementary

Alex Macdonald, Principal at Edison Elementary

Annalise Morris, Teacher at Edison Elementary

Lori Ferris, Teacher at Edison Elementary 

Gina Marriot, Principal Secretary at Hughes Elementary

Charles Starkey, Principal at Lowell Elementary

Andrea Erickson, Principal at Pomeroy Elementary

Renelde Foiles, Teacher at Pomeroy Elementary


Jumpstart’s Read for the Record was celebrated on November 7, 2019. Millions of people across the globe joined Mesa and celebrated literacy by reading Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora


[Pictures by Tim Hacker, Ina Salvaleon, Linda Torres and Jackie Arzt/Mesa Public Schools]