Croy Engineering’s Aimee Turner is an Atlanta Advisory Board member for the nonprofit organization Jumpstart, and recently participated in the planning and execution of Atlanta events for Read for the Record® Day. Jumpstart’s mission is to provide the necessary language, literacy, and social skills to preschool students from under resourced communities for the preparation of kindergarten and beyond. The organization trains college students and community members to work with these children in order to ensure their success. Jumpstart’s annual campaign, Read for the Record Day, encourages millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading event in the world.
Jumpstart Atlanta’s Advisory Board hosted a kick-off event for Read for the Record® Day at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on October 5. Attendees learned additional information about Jumpstart and listened to the evening’s guest speaker, James Cole Jr., former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education. Other notable guests included Naila Bolus, Jumpstart’s CEO, and Stephanie Blank, founding chair of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS).
Read for the Record® Day took place on October 19, where Aimee participated in reading events at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. One of Atlanta’s guest readers was Representative John Lewis. Aimee also supported efforts to raise donations so that each student participating received a copy of this year’s Read for the Record® book, Quackers, written by Liz Wong.
In addition to Aimee’s participation in the program, Croy Engineering provided a monetary donation in support of the organization.
For more information on Jumpstart and ways that you can support their efforts, please visit https://www.jstart.org/.