Once again, the Cincinnati Team (Saralou Durham, Mary Elsener and Julie Harms) is helping set a Reading Record with the organization, Jumpstart.  (www.jstart.org)  Your donation can help!

 This year’s featured book is Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. You may have seen previous book selections being read on the Today show.

 Why are we doing this?

 Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Most lack access to high quality early education, live in poverty and start kindergarten 60% behind their wealthier peers.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to help these disadvantaged children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school.

Statistics about the problem:

The Cincinnati Team has committed to adopting and reading to the children at Peaslee Neighborhood Center downtown.  Each child will receive their own book.  More books donated = more children we can read to.

Will you join us in this project? There are two ways to participate:

1.Send us a donation and we will buy the book. (We have made arrangements for a significant discount)  For every book donated, a child will have a book of their very own to take home and enjoy.

2.Or, buy the book yourself and read it to children you know.  Send us your story and maybe a picture about your experience! We’ll be compiling numbers to send to the national effort as they try to break last year’s record of over 2 million readers.

3.Donations can be sent to: The Cincinnati Team (checks to Saralou Durham or Mary Elsener),  c/o RE/MAX Preferred Group,   3522 Erie Avenue,  Cincinnati, OH 45208


Picture from our day reading Corduroy in 2009