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By Ingrid Andrews
Director of the Early Childhood Development Center and Wee Tartan Center

caterpillarLast week, St. Margaret’s Preschool and Wee Tartan students participated in setting a new world record! St. Margaret’s teachers joined other teachers, parents and volunteers in Reading for the Record, which set out to read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to as many children as possible on October 8, 2009, to draw attention to the importance of early literacy.

At St. Margaret’s, we read to a total of 86 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but across the country, more than one million children listen to the story as it was read to them, breaking the previous world record.

The Preschool learned about the project through the OC Child Care and Development Planning Council, on behalf of the county’s Early Literacy Program. To read more about the Early Literacy Program , visit www.earlyliteracyprogramoc.org. Volunteers from across the country participated because of an idea that grew out of the non-profit organization Jumpstart, which is dedicated to ensuring that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

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