Kids in the Shriners Hospital School were swimming in smiles when Adrienne Moore, evening news anchor for CBS13 in Sacramento, read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story at 10 a.m. this Thursday, October 22. Ms. Moore’s visit to the Northern California Shriners Hospital is part of Read for the Record®, an international campaign to promote learning by having adults and children around the globe read the same book on the same day. Sponsored by Jumpstart, the campaign celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
“We literally jumped at the opportunity to participate in the program when it started,” said Margaret Kugler, coordinator of patient education services at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. “Reading is vital to a child’s educational growth and development. It fuels a child’s imagination, helps them develop social skills, leads to new experiences, expands learning and fosters independence. Providing an event for all ages to read together promotes the importance of reading and allows participants to bond through the shared experience,” she adds.
Written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, Not Norman tells the story of a boy who receives a pet goldfish.
“We have a new goldfish in the hospital school, and we are asking kids who come to school to name the goldfish for our Read for the Record event,” said Kugler.
Teachers in the Shriners Hospital School will share the “winning” goldfish name after the reading on Thursday. Yes, there is a good chance it will be Norman.
About the Shriners Hospital School
A joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sacramento City Unified School District, the on-site public school allows children to keep up with their school work while hospitalized. Located inside Shriners Hospital, the school provides bilingual education for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Special programs include vocational education and school re-entry programs.