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September 25, 2012

Lakeshore® Learning Stores Partner with Jumpstart to Help Break a World Reading Record
Leading developer of children’s educational materials celebrates Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® with nationwide event on September 29

CARSON, Calif.—(September 25, 2012)—Lakeshore Learning Materials today announced that all 56 of its store locations will host events in celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual event that brings together millions of individuals to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for the largest shared reading experience.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 29, parents and children are invited to come to Lakeshore Learning Stores nationwide to enjoy hourly readings of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad—the official book of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2012 campaign—and participate in free crafts and activities.

“We’re so thrilled to collaborate with Lakeshore for this year’s Read for the Record,” said Naila Bolus, President and CEO of Jumpstart. “Their involvement will help us raise awareness of the importance of early education and give more children the unique opportunity to help break a world reading record.”

Lakeshore is an active supporter of outreach projects that promote early childhood education, and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has provided a new opportunity for the company to support the communities it serves.

“It is an honor to take part in such a powerful and fundamental initiative,” said Bo Kaplan, President and CEO of Lakeshore. “We can’t think of a better way to shine a light on the need for high-quality early education—and the lasting benefits of early literacy.”

Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, more than seven million people have joined Jumpstart’s Read for the Record events.

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About Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more about Jumpstart at Learn more about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record at

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