For the past 50 years, Hyatt has demonstrated its commitment to social responsibility, youth and education
Reston, VA (PRWEB) October 21, 2008
Hyatt Regency Reston is participating in a global effort to highlight the importance of early childhood education. Through Jumpstart's Read for the Record, a national campaign to engage hundreds of thousands of children and adults in an effort to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience, associates from the state-of-the-art, Four-Diamond Northern Virginia hotel visited Armstrong Elementary School on October 2 to donate special edition copies of the official campaign book, Corduroy, written by Don Freeman and published by Penguin Young Readers Group. Additionally, David Eisenman, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Reston, hosted children from Armstrong Elementary to participate in a special shared reading experience.
"For the past 50 years, Hyatt has demonstrated its commitment to social responsibility, youth and education," said David Eisenman. "Together, Hyatt and Jumpstart aim to educate the community about the importance of literacy in the lives of young children and encourage public involvement in literacy programs."
Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, has created this campaign to bring at-risk preschool children and caring adults together through one-to-one relationships that focus on building literacy in combination with social and emotional readiness to build the vital literacy, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive. Jumpstart delivers a research-based, best-practice curriculum to nearly 13,000 preschoolers in close to 70 communities across 20 states in America.
To encourage online participation among adults and children worldwide, Penguin Young Readers Group is making available on the Internet for the month of September an interactive online version of Corduroy in both English and Spanish. The digital version was created by Pearson's Family Education Network and will be available by logging on to http://www.readfortherecord.org. Hyatt has also encouraged members of its Hyatt Gold Passport® loyalty program to donate points towards a financial contribution to Jumpstart.
Hyatt Regency Reston Offers More Than Award-Winning Northern Virginia Hotel Lodging
As a national sponsor in 2007, Hyatt helped Jumpstart obtain its goal of breaking the world record for the largest shared reading experience by having more than 100 hotels in North America participate. Hyatt Gold Passport members had the option to redeem 5,000 points in exchange for a $40 donation to Jumpstart. Jumpstart received more than $12,000 from the generosity of the Hyatt Gold Passport membership.
Jumpstart and its partners - including Hyatt Regency Reston, a resort-style Northern Virginia hotel and conference center in the Washington DC area -- are working to address the current early education crisis. Jumpstart's longstanding relationships with its national multi-year partners are a key component of its ongoing efforts to help at-risk children develop their language, literacy, and social skills in preparation for kindergarten. With support from Jumpstart's sponsor and founding partner, Pearson, as well as American Eagle Outfitters, Hanna Andersson, LeapFrog, Penguin Young Readers Group, Sodexo and XM Satellite Radio, this year promises to be another record-breaking event.
About Hyatt Regency Reston:
Hyatt Regency Reston is an AAA Four-Diamond Northern Virginia hotel, situated within steps of the shops, restaurants, and entertainment of Reston Town Center. This popular Northern Virginia wedding location and meeting facility offers more than 32,000 square feet of event space - including 11,000 square feet of pre-function area; a 12,300-square-foot Grand Ballroom; an adjacent 3,600-square-foot Regency Ballroom with built-in rear projection; and a 5,000-square-foot glass-enclosed pavilion, available seasonally. With free shuttle service to Dulles airport, premier onsite-dining options, and a warm approach to hospitality, Hyatt Regency Reston consistently ranks among the premier Northern Virginia hotels. For more information and online reservations, visit http://www.reston.hyatt.com.
About Global Hyatt Corporation:
Global Hyatt Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the world's premier hotel companies. The hotels owned, operated, managed or franchised by its subsidiaries provide authentic hospitality to guests in 45 countries through a passionate commitment to personalized service, cultural relevance, and the environment. Global Hyatt subsidiaries own, operate, manage or franchise more than 365 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Resorts™, Grand Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites® and Andaz™ brands with additional properties under development on five continents. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., operator of Hyatt Vacation Club®. The success of Global Hyatt is driven by the commitment and energy of the approximately 90,000 men and women around the world who provide exceptional service to hotel guests. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or visiting http://www.hyatt.com.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Headquartered in Boston, Jumpstart pairs 3,500 trained adults one-to-one with preschool children in need of assistance. During the 2007-2008 program year, Jumpstart is serving 13,000 children across 20 states, in partnership with 300 early learning centers and nearly 70 universities and colleges throughout the country. Jumpstart's national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, AmeriCorps, Pearson, Sodexo and Starbucks. Jumpstart is the recipient of the Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy's Directors Award. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at http://www.jstart.org.