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NJ’s Top Education Official Reads The Little Engine That Could Classic to Preschoolers


August 17, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — Some 30 New Brunswick preschoolers will hear the classic tale with its powerful “I think I can” message when the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Starbucks sponsor a reading of the The Little Engine That Could as part of the national “Read for the Record” campaign encouraging adults across America to read to young children. Jumpstart and corporate sponsors Starbucks, Pearson and others created the national campaign with a goal of setting the world record for the number of children reading the same book in a single day with an adult.

WHAT: New Jersey’s Top Education Official Reads The Little Engine That Could to New Brunswick preschoolers, sharing the book’s famous “I think I can” message.

WHO: Lucille Davy, New Jersey Commissioner of Education
W. Steven Barnett, professor of economics at Rutgers University and director of the National
Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., August 24

WHERE: Starbucks, 391 George Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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The National Institute for Early Education Research (www.nieer.org), a unit of the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, supports early childhood education policy by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. NIEER is supported through grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and others.

Directions: Route 18 North to Route 27 South. At second light, turn left onto Neilson Street (Hyatt on the left side) and make first right onto Church Street. Parking garage is on the left on Church Street. Once parked, follow Church Street, turn right onto George Street and Starbucks is on the right side.