Reach Out and Read re­ceives $3,000

Tar­get do­nates to hospi­tal pro­gram that gives books to kids

The Covington News - - Local news -

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.

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