Outreach: Jumpstart – Helping to prepare our children for success!

This morning, I was sitting on the ground legs crossed as I read books to a group of cute and very animated 4 and 5 year olds! You see, it was Dr. Seuss Day (his bday was 3/2), which was filled with fun activities for the kids including fishing for alphabet letters, playing “what word rhymes with this?” bingo, making bead-filled maracas, and the part where I came in…reading some classic Dr. Seuss books.

This event was sponsored by an organization called Jumpstart (their website), with their overall goal being to improve the language, literacy and social skills of children from low-income neigborhoods. You can read more about their organization from a statement from their website:

Working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide.

Learn more about our programs and partners as we work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Support us as we work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Overall, I had an awesome time interacting with the children (you should have heard my character voices for “Fox in Socks”! lol) and I would gladly participate in something like this again! Jumpstart continues to grow as an organization, so I would encourage you to look if they are conducting programs in your area and get involved!

You never know how you can make a positive impact on a child’s life…

More info on Jumpstart

Website: http://www.jstart.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Jumpstartkids?sk=wall

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jumpstartkids

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