“‘I can’t wait for everyone to get here,’ yelled Lulu.”
So began Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, as David A. Caruso, President of Antioch University New England, read to a group of children at Sophia’s Hearth Family Center on October 4.
Caruso and the kids were joining in the national Read for the Record campaign, along with sixteen other presidents from member institutions of the New Hampshire College and University Council and Campus Compact for New Hampshire. Around New Hampshire, they were reading the same book to young children in classrooms, helping in a nationwide effort to collectively read the same story on the same day. Each child was also given a copy of the book to take home.
Recent studies show that a child growing up in a home filled with books is 20 percent more likely to graduate with a college degree as an adult. The link between early childhood learning and success in later years is well documented.
The national reading initiative is in partnership with the Pearson Foundation and as part of a national effort to close the early education achievement gap.