Northwoods International School reads for world record

A reading program is teaching local kids about generosity through story-telling, all while attempting to break a world record.

This week, almost 400 students and staff at North Woods International School in La Crosse participated in Jumpstart Read for the Record on Thursday.

The goal of the Jumpstart campaign is to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child.

Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s book was “Thank You, Omu”, a story about a woman who makes a fantastic pot of stew and shares it with all of her community.

Students at North Woods joined in on a story walk, combining reading the book aloud while walking together outdoors.

“We like to get the kids active and reading. It’s another avenue – a fun avenue – for them to come out here, and they go over sort of an obstacle course too,” said Jeanette Schams, a teacher at North Woods International School. “Anytime we can spice up reading and have a good day outside, kids love that. It’s special to them.”

Each year, Jumpstart Read for the Record brings together over 2 million people across the United States in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

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