Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Deltona Elementary students take part in nationwide reading project

SPRING HILL — On Oct. 7, every Deltona Elementary School student heard The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats read to them.

The kindergarten students were treated to visiting readers from district offices. The first-through fifth-grade students watched the school's principal, Betty Harper, read on television screens in their classrooms.

The book was read to millions of children across the country on the same day as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record.

Jumpstart is a nonprofit early childhood education organization that started the nationwide read-in in 2006. Past books were The Little Engine That Could (2006), The Story of Ferdinand (2007), Corduroy (2008) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (2009).

Local kindergarten children were read to by superintendent Bryan Blavatt, assistant superintendent Sonya Jackson, School Board members Sandra Nicholson and John Sweeney, coordinator for parental involvement Ivette Vaquer-Mendoza, Title I supervisor Felita Lott and No Child Left Behind coordinator Beth Varn.

Nationally, the event was sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, a branch of the international media company Pearson. The foundation focuses on literacy, learning and teaching.

At Deltona, the event was coordinated and sponsored by Title I lead teacher Connie Doughton, parent educator Doris Tejada, computer lab manager Becky Whitcomb and the school's PTA.

Copies of The Snowy Day that were left with the classes were a gift from Doughton in memory of her mother, whom she lost this past year.

Blavatt was in a classroom he had visited during the first week of school and read to two groups, kindergarten teachers Jocelyn Craig's and Dana Covino's classes.

He chatted with the children, and told them that his grandson was in class in Kentucky reading the same book at the same time.

"The reason I wanted to come back (was because) you all were so nice to me,'' he told them. "You're very special."

To learn more

For information about the Jumpstart Read for the Record program, visit read To learn more about Pearson, visit pearson

Deltona Elementary students take part in nationwide reading project 10/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: The Underwoods bring the political terror in 'House of Cards' Season 5


    The ruthless Frank and Claire Underwood are back, continuing their own form of terror inside and outside of the White House.

    Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards Season 5 on Netflix.
  2. Trump hails heroes at Arlington on Memorial Day


    WASHINGTON — UPDATE, 12:28 P.M.: President Donald Trump is expressing his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind.

    President Donald Trump participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. [Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images]
  3. French president attacks Russian media outlets; Putin says Moscow didn't try to influence French election


    VERSAILLES, France — UPDATE, 11:57 A.M.: French President Emmanuel Macron has made an extraordinary attack on two Russian media outlets, saying they acted as "propaganda" organs during France's election campaign.

    French President Emmanuel Macron, right, speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Galerie des Batailles (Gallery of Battles) at the Versailles Palace as they arrive for a joint press conference following their meeting in Versailles, near Paris, France, Monday. [Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP]
  4. In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Palm Beach County , various media outlets are reporting. [AP photo]
  5. Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charge in Florida

    Public Safety

    Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge Monday in Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County sheriff's office.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.