Wellwood students joined global literacy celebration

To promote the importance of literacy, about 500 Fayetteville-Manlius School District students joined people around the world in reading the same book out loud on the same day.

On Nov. 7, people across the globe celebrated literacy by reading “Thank You, Omu!” by children’s author Oge Mora. The event, Read for the Record, was coordinated by Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on improving early childhood education. 

At Wellwood Middle School, fifth-grade students used Google Meet to virtually read to about 500 of F-M’s kindergarten, first- and second-grade students and teachers in classrooms at Enders Road, Mott Road, and Fayetteville elementary schools. 

Read for the Record is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of building children’s early language and literacy skills and providing high-quality early education opportunities for all children, according to Jumpstart’s website. 

This was the 14th year Jumpstart has coordinated the shared reading experience.