MVC participates in Jumpstart's Read for the Record, Mayor Julie Schwetz signs Literacy Month proclamation

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Marshall Mayor Julie M. Schwetz reads "Thank You, Omu" to Viking Learning Academy preschoolers at MVC Murrell Library commons Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record early literacy program.
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Preschoolers from Viking Learning Academy filed into the Commons Library on the first floor of the Missouri Valley College Tech Center Thursday, Nov 7, to take part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program. The program, which emphasizes early literacy, took place in Marshall with a goal of reading the selected book to 1,000 county students.

“Thank You, Omu,” by Oge Mora, and called by the School Library Journal, “a memorable tale of community,” was read to the preschoolers from Viking Leaning Academy by Mayor Julie Schwetz.

Sharing high quality picture books with young children is at the core of Jumpstart’s mission. Each year, the organization selects a campaign book that fosters language and emotional self-development, honors diversity, has strong narrative, and appeals to young children. The book is then read in schools and libraries around the country.

Mayor Schwetz was not the only reader participating in the program Thursday. Marshall High School students, MVC students and athletes traveled by bus throughout the area to read the book to elementary school students.

Schools included in the reading were Northwest Elementary, Benton Elementary, Southeast Elementary, Hardeman School, MPS Early Childhood Program, Spainhower School, Bright Beginnings Preschool, Marshall High School, Malta Bend Elementary, Orearville School, Viking Learning Academy, Brunswick Elementary, Miami School, Slater Early Childhood and Elementary and Sweet Springs Elementary.

Following the reading of “Thank You, Omu,” Mayor Schwetz signed a proclamation making November 2019 Family Literacy Month.

Over the past four months Peggy Sherman, associate professor of Education at MVC, in cooperation Hannah Van Hegel, a junior education major, have spearheaded the program. Hagel will be using the reading as her honors symposium project.

Other collaborators included MVC Leaning and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Haug, and Murrell Library Public Relations, Marketing, and Outreach Specialist Margot Mirabal. MVC Library education division and MTSA purchased 50 copies of “Thank You, Omu,” to donate to local schools as part of the literacy project.

"JumpStarts Read for the Record is a nation wide literacy program, MVC Library and the Education Division just participated in this reading initiative by reading to area students," Mirabal said. "Our goal was to read to 1000 children in Saline County. We will submit these numbers to Jumpstart for their data collection in hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record. Also S-MSTA along with MVC Library and Education Department bought the 50 books to donate to area schools."

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