When we find a program with a track record of success, we like to help it grow. That’s what happened with Reach Out and Read, a program for very young children that leverages the relationship between pediatricians, parents, and children to teach early literacy. Our $10,000 grant in late 2014 enabled them to expand to Pediatric Care Center of Bristol, enabling the doctors there to send their young patients home from each visit with a special prescription: a new book for the child, and advice to parents on the importance of reading to their children.
Our CEO, Chandler Howard, paid a visit to Pediatric Care Center in January and spent some time reading to a group of children there. He was a sight to behold, sitting on a tiny chair with his knees almost up to his ears, but both he and the kids seemed delighted with his reading of Five Little Monkeys — so much so that when he finished, one little boy presented him with another book and said “Read this one!” So he did. Learn more.