Teach­ers’ union do­nates books to birthing cen­ter

Goal to in­still love of read­ing in new fam­i­lies chil­dren

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

The pub­lic teach­ers’ union for Charles County and a lo­cal non­profit have teamed up to do­nate 75 books to the birthing cen­ter at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, to help fos­ter a love of read­ing in chil­dren.

Linda McLaugh­lin, pres­i­dent of the Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Charles County, and Ch­eryl Ervin, read­ing re­cov­ery teacher at Wil­liam A. Diggs El­e­men­tary School, pre­sented the “Books for Ba­bies” do­na­tion March 30 in recog­ni­tion of “Read Across Amer­ica Month.”

The books were pre­sented in a gift bag along with a Dr. Seuss-style poem inside, McLaugh­lin said.

McLaugh­lin said the books were do­nated by the White Plains non­profit For­ever Free Books.

“We came up with the idea of giv­ing books for par­ents to take home with them, to read to their new ba­bies, be­cause lit­er­acy be­gins in the home,” McLaugh­lin said.

The gifts will be given out to the par­ents of the next 75 ba­bies born at the hospital, McLaugh­lin said. “The moms and ba­bies who re­ceive these books do­nated by the EACC are so ap­pre­cia­tive,” said Monique Smalls-Dil­lard, nurse man­ager, 1East/ Birthing Cen­ter. “We are grate­ful for the nu­mer­ous sup­port we re­ceive from or­ga­ni­za­tions like this in our com­mu­nity.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Ch­eryl Ervin, left, read­ing re­cov­ery teacher at Wil­liam Diggs El­e­men­tary School, and Linda McLaugh­lin, right, pres­i­dent of the Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Charles County, de­liver 75 book pack­ages to Monique Smalls-Dil­lard, cen­ter, ma­ter­nal child nurse man­ager at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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