Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) coordinates this event throughout southwest Minnesota in schools, childcare centers and libraries in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood.
Volunteer readers are currently needed throughout our service area for this year’s event on October 25, 2018. The commitment is approximately 30 minutes and includes interacting and reading the book to the class and/or group. This year’s book selection, Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, and illustrated by Rafael López, celebrates the magic that can happen when a community comes together to create something beautiful and bring about change. All materials and books are provided by UWSWMN and donated to the sites following.
Volunteers will sign up on Get Connected. Get Connected is a volunteer platform accessed by visiting www.unitedwayswmn.org and clicking on the blue ‘Volunteer’ tab. Look for ‘Read for the Record sponsored by United Way of Southwest Minnesota’ to find available reading locations. Be sure to click ‘see more needs’. When you’ve found the location that you’d like to read at, select ‘Respond’ in the right corner of the screen next to the title of the need. Then verify the information on the screen and add any notes (if applicable). You will get a confirmation email from the system.
Questions regarding Read for the Record and signing up on Get Connected can be directed to Sarah Kicmal at Sarah.Kicmal@UnitedWaySWMN.org or at 507-929-2273.