Southbridge Credit Union presented WCAC’s Head Start program with a check for $1,000 to support its participation in a nationwide literacy event known as Read for the Record. On Thursday, October 27th, 2016 , WCAC’s preschool classrooms will join classes nationwide to gather to learn, laugh, and read this year’s campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience. Read for the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country.

Southbridge Credit Union’s generous sponsorship of this event enabled Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program to purchase 210 copies of the book so that each Head Start preschool student will be able to take a copy home to keep, while maintaining several copies in the program’s lending library for families to enjoy for years to come. WCAC will welcome thirteen ‘celebrity’ readers to its classrooms to participate in this important literacy event.