HISD students to wear PJs, try to break reading record

October 5, 2011 8:21:07 AM PDT
Houston ISD says its students will wear their PJs to school Thursday as school officials, public officials and local celebrities read them a book while working to set two world reading records.

Beginning at 10am Thursday, HISD students will join children across the country in listening to the popular story book 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' provided to schools by the Pearson Foundation. Texas Rep. Borris Miles, Councilwoman Wanda Adams and others will read to children at Thompson Elementary School.

The children will Read for the Record as part of a major effort promoted by the Pearson Foundation to raise awareness for the need to read to children at the youngest ages. For the first time ever, children nationwide will also attempt to break the record for the largest number of children being read to from a digital story online.

Houston parents can join HISD by participating in the Read for the Record event from home. Parents can access online story books for free on Thursday and anytime from Pearson Foundation's website.

In addition to the thousands of books donated to school districts, for every book read online as part of the Read for Our Schools campaign, the Pearson Foundation will donate a brand new copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama to children in need.

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