Teachers’ union donates books to birthing center
Goal to instill love of reading in new families children
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.”
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.