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Burdell Hunt Elementary in Macon received a special visit Thursday morning, this one to encourage literacy.

Otis Redding III, son of the legendary singer Otis Redding, was on hand to read to the students.

It's part of the national Read for the Record Day program, where millions of people will join forces to try to break the world record for reading the same book to as many children as possible on a single day.

Redding read a story about friendship called "Otis" by Loren Long.

The program is sponsored by Jumpstart, an early education program, along with the the Junior League of Macon.

Redding says it's about getting back to the basics for students.

"It's so important for these kids to learn about so it will instill something in them and want to make them read as early as possible, and they will aspire to read throughout their lives. You get them started early, they'll want to stick with it," Redding says.

Redding says he will read to several other schools Thursday as part of Read for the Record Day.

Last year's record was set at 2,385,305 children. The volunteer program is also sponsored by the Otis Redding Memorial Foundation.

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