Kathy Wade, the Who Dey mascott and Mark LaRosa participating in Read for the Record

Corporate executives, educators, entertainers, sports figures and parents turned out to Read for the Record on October 3rd at CAA’s Head Start centers. VIP’s and local celebrities packed into Head Start’s 22 classrooms to read the book Otis, by Loren Long to more than 300 preschoolers. Guest readers included: Mark LaRosa, President and CEO of LaRosa’s restaurants, Jazz great Kathy Wade, Kristi Davis from WLWT-TV, the Cincinnati Bengal's “Who Dey” mascot, Bengals cheerleaders, Lisa Castanello from Teach For America, Lorrie Platt from Horseshoe Casino and Karen Venetian from the Cincinnati Museum Center.

“I had a wonderful time, what a great way to start the day,” said Venetian. Wide-eyed and full of excitement, the children had a wonderful time meeting the guests readers.
Read for the Record, an annual celebration highlighting the need for quality early education by mobilizing adults and children to set a record, took place in schools, libraries, and homes across the country.