Read for the Record activities in District 191

Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will visit School District 191’s Diamondhead Education Center on Thursday, Oct. 3, and participate in the Read for the Record campaign by reading Loren Long’s “Otis” to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage early childhood classes housed there.

Read for the Record is one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support efforts to promote early childhood education.

Other guest readers at events across the community include Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, Burnsville City Manager Heather Johnston, Eagan City Manager Dave Osberg, Savage City Manager Barry Stock, Burnsville Chamber executive Bill Corby, Northern Dakota County Chamber executive Vicki Stute, 360 Communities Jeff Mortensen, ISD 191 Superintendent Joe Gothard, Intermediate 917 District Superintendent John Christiansen, Burnsville morning and noon Rotary members and area business people.

Public and private child care and preschool centers and children throughout the community are invited to join the effort to set a new reading record for the largest shared reading experience as part of a nationwide early education awareness campaign that focuses national attention on the importance of reading. The book can also be read online at

“Last year’s book was read to more than 2,700 children locally. We hope to beat that number with this year’s event,” said Vicki Roy one of the event’s organizers.

The book will be read at all District 191 elementary schools and preschool locations during the school day. A Spanish language read will be available at Diamondhead Education Center’s Atrium at 2:30 p.m.

The book will also be read at Burnsville Center’s Toyota Play Area outside J.C. Penney’s on the first floor at 11 a.m., at Cliff Fen Park at 9:30 a.m., at Nicollet Commons Park at 2:30 p.m., at pajama reads at the Burnhaven Library and the Savage Library at 6:30 p.m. and at the ISD 191 Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Contact [email protected] to register a group or individual for the event or to let her know you have read the book online.