Mississippi Public Broadcasting celebrated Jumpstart’s Read for The Record® on October 25, by welcoming more than 100 preschoolers, ages 3-4, to its office in Jackson.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national effort to raise awareness about the need for high-quality early learning for all children and the transformative power of books and reading to impact student learning and engagement. The initiative requires people to register to read the book “Maybe Something Beautiful” out loud to children at home, school and communities across the nation.
Lots of educational and exciting activities awaited the children at MPB who came from five child care centers, including Bright Horizons Academy, Beth Israel Preschool, Christian Mission Learning Center, Little Einsteins Learning Lab and Hanging Moss Preschool. Parents and teachers joined in on the fun too.
Activities for the children included educational games at the PBS Playtime Pad technology station, learning letter and color recognition and down time to read and look through the free, age-appropriate book they each received. Since the book “Maybe Something Beautiful” is all about art and making things beautiful, two face painters -- Sherry Burdsal and Tawny Mnton – were on hand to make beautiful art on each child’s face (and a few adults too). Teachers displayed their artistic skills by painting a colorful mural.