Humphreys’ youths contribute to Read for the Record feat
Thanks to a partnership between Child and Youth Services and the United Service Organizations, 66 children from the Humphreys community gathered at Youth Services to read the Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle here Thursday.
Sitting beside Humphreys’ Garrison Commander Col. Joe Moore, 9-year-old Larry Clarke read the book to his peers, drawing giggles and laughter from the audience.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record began in 2006 and is an annual campaign bringing together children and adults to read the same book, on the same day in communities all around the world.
The reading of the book reached global proportions as Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization supporting early childhood education, created Read for the Record, a world-wide, simultaneous reading of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Humphreys’ children participating in the event received a Jumpstart Read for the Record certificate and colored their own page for a Humphreys’ Caterpillar book Youth Services is creating.
When Clarke finished reading, Moore invited all the children to give him a congratulatory hug for doing a great job.
Countries including America, Japan, Germany and Brazil participated in this year’s Read for the Record in efforts to break last year’s world record of nearly 700,000 readers.
U.S. Army photos by Lori Yerdon