Kanawha County Schools and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones helped with a world record attempt in reading Thursday.
The event was part of a "Jumpstart's Read for the Record" that took place nationwide Thursday.
"Jumpstart" is a national early education organization. Jones spent the morning reading the book "Ladybug Girl and The Bug Squad" to children at Holz Elementary in South Hills in Charleston.
The initiative is meant to promote reading and literacy skills that help kids succeed in school and down the road in the workforce.
Jones said he was happy to see students so attentive and well behaved.
"They had their eyes up on me, and they acted like they were really interested. And you try to make it interesting for them, and you show them the pictures that you're reading to them and that makes it fun," Jones said.
Three hundred and fifty books were donated to Kanawha County Schools Thursday by the Pearson Foundation.
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