Breaking Records with PNC

GRECS was honored to be part of a record-breaking event with PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Initiative! On October 30, 2014, more than 4,000 children in 37 cities across 15 states and the District of Columbia gathered  to participate in a simultaneous vocabulary lesson. Vocabulary development is a priority as PNC Grow Up Great celebrates 10 years of helping children – especially at-risk children – prepare for kindergarten.

Mobile’s West Regional Library hosted the event bringing classrooms from local child care and Head Start programs together, totaling over 150 children.

The Fred Rogers Company and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), PNC’s partners in early education, developed a lesson with words selected from “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” a picture book by Caldecott Honoree Peter Brown (published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers), about a civilized tiger who, bored with his prim and proper lifestyle, runs away to the jungle to discover what makes him happy. The highly acclaimed picture book celebrates individuality and received five-star reviews.


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