SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center 'Reads for the Record'


SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Program Assistant Linda Dashnaw reads “Otis” by Loren Long to preschool children, as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program.

On Oct. 3, the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, Inc. participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record, by reading the book "Otis" by Loren Long.

Since 2006, Jumpstart has partnered with the Pearson Foundation on a campaign that brings together millions of Americans to break the world record for reading the same book on the same day. The Potsdam students were among 2,462,860 children worldwide who set a new world record for reading the same book at once through the national campaign.

Linda Dashnaw, program assistant at the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, read the book to 28 preschool children, followed by a felt board activity. So far, the campaign has engaged 9 million children, raised more than $8 million for early education programs and provided more than 1.2 million books for children in low-income neighborhoods.

The SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center is proud to have participated for the second year in this celebration of literacy.

SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, Inc. is a fully licensed, center-based child care facility, serving children of the College's faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large. For more information, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.