Kids hungry for caterpillars get fullby Dara Kam | October 8th, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist will join in a world-wide literacy event starring “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” the classic children’s book published 40 years ago, this morning in Orlando.Freedom Shores Elementary schoolchildren in Boynton Beach are some of the 100,000 kids throughout the state participating in the event aimed at introducing low-income youngsters to the joy of reading.
The Pearson Foundation, the charitable organization of the publishing giant, donated the books and is trying to beat last year’s “Read for the Record” world record of 700,000 readers.
“Unbelievably, one in three Pre-K innocents have never had a book read to them and too many lack basic literacy skills that are a must for a chance at achieving early literacy which is the base for their entire education experience,” said Victoria Zepp, a Tallahassee lobbyist and consultant whose clients include Pearson.
Zepp is joining Crist at Vista Lakes Elementary in Orlando where the governor is scheduled to read Eric Carle’s classic children’s tale.
Crist is one of a number of celebrities participating in the event kicked off by NBC Today show host Matt Lauer this morning.
Other celebrities include Bill Nye (the Science Guy), Vince Vaughn, Jenna Bush Hager and Eric Carle.
“Read for the Record” is sponsored by Pearson and Jumpstart, a national early education organization.