Reach Out and Read receives $3,000
Target donates to hospital program that gives books to kids
Newton Medical Center’s Reach Out and Read program is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from Target, according to ROR coordinator Cathy Williams.
Working with pediatrician offices associated with Newton Medical Center, the Reach Out and Read program annually distributes more than 5,000 new books to children during wellness checkups.
“ Target has selected our program to receive this grant based on our work with our local pediatricians to encourage parents to read to their children,” Williams said.
According to Williams, the ROR program provides the tools to help promote children’s developmental reading skills and later school success.
Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of read- ing aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.
Reach Out and Read recognizes that pediatricians have a special opportunity to reach young children and their parents.
“Exposure to reading is so important, especially in early childhood,” said local pediatrician Dr. Faull Trover, ROR medical director. “ Growing up with books will help instill a lifelong interest in learning.”
To find out more about the Reach Out and Read program, call Williams at (770) 385-4196.