Preschoolers travel the world in just one day

More than 100 preschoolers at Primrose School of Five Forks, dressed in silk gowns and saris and toting paper flags, Chinese lanterns and sombreros, joined hands Sept. 25 to symbolize the unity of children worldwide.

They joined 28,000 children from more than 200 Primrose Schools across the nation who also participated in Celebrating Cultures events in their own cities.

Marking the end of a month-long program dedicated to celebrating cultures, the preschoolers learned about diversity, their heritage and the importance of acceptance of others despite cultural differences.

"Children who learn to truly appreciate other's differences, share in their cultural traditions and learn these values at an early age develop into caring, generous adults who love their community and respect others," said Cami Nail, franchise owner. "Celebrating Cultures is just one of many programs designed to help children develop active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts - and to love who they are and respect others' differences."

Celebrating Cultures is part of Primrose Schools' Balanced Learning program. The accredited program includes character building components that teach children the importance of helping others and being involved in the community.

Local students ready to 'Read for the Record'

Gwinnett County Public Schools students are ready to join other school children from around the world as they attempt to set a record by participating in a shared reading experience.

The students in prekindergarten through first grade will participate in this year's "Read for the Record," an international campaign to encourage early literacy. The single-day worldwide event takes place Thursday.

As part of the event, Gwinnett students have invited community members into their classrooms to help them set a new record by reading out loud to them. Each participating school received a donated copy of the children's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," which a volunteer community member will read to students as they participate in this day of learning. The school will count the number of students that read or hear the story, which will be tabulated in this year's new record. Last school year, more than 700,000 children participated in the international event.

Community members interested in visiting a local school to read out loud to Gwinnett children should contact their local school.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.