Preschoolers from UCF will join with more than 2 million children across the country this week to help set a world record.

Read for the Record will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Global Communications Room of UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center. This is the fifth consecutive year that preschoolers from UCF’s Creative School for Children have participated in the event.

With the help of students from the College of Education and Human Performance, the youngsters will read Otis, the story of an old tractor and his farmyard friends by Loren Long.

There also will be sing-alongs, crafts, science activities and milk and cookies for the children in attendance.

Sponsored by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, Read for the Record is an annual national reading event that stresses the importance of high-quality early education in America. More than 2.3 million people participated in last year’s event.

Since 2006, Read for the Record has raised $8 million for early education programs and provided more than 1.2 million books for children in low-income households.

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