The fourth annual fundraiser to support the work of Reach Out and Read
Arkansas will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30
p.m. at Next Level Events in Little Rock. The theme of the event,
“Prescription for Success,” celebrates the proven value of this
award-winning medical intervention to prevent illiteracy. This year’s
Honorary Chair of the event is Laura McLeane, MD, the Medical Advisor for
Reach Out and Read at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A passionate leader in
the cause, Dr. McLeane has trained dozens of Pediatric Residents in how to
use the Reach Out and Read model in their practice.
Reach Out and Read is expanding rapidly across Arkansas. Currently, more
than 76,000 well child check ups are provided each year at the 35 clinics
that implement the Reach Out and Read program, and eight other clinics
serving thousands of children are waiting to join them. But we need your
continued help to take it to this next level. Will you renew your support
and sponsor this year’s event? Our goal is to raise $60,000 and with your
help, we can reach and hopefully exceed this goal.
Reach Out and Read began in 1989 as a way for pediatric health care
providers to intervene in children’s poor skill development and lack of
readiness for school. At each well child check up, children ages six months
to five years receive a new book and providers speak with parents about the
importance of sharing books with their children every day. As a result,
fifteen peer-reviewed, scientific studies have shown that parents read to
their children more frequently and children gain early literacy skills and
score higher on school readiness assessments. In recognition, the Library of
Congress recently honored Reach Out and Read as the inaugural recipient of
the nation’s highest award for literacy.
Reach Out and Read Arkansas truly makes a difference in helping our children
build strong early literacy skills. But, to continue the success of this
program we need your financial support. Will you help Reach Out and Read
fill a child’s Prescription for Success and consider being a sponsor today?
Please partner with us as an advocate for early childhood literacy success
and donate today. For questions or more information, please do not hesitate
to call Dr. Peggy Sissel-Phelan at 501-837-5081 or email her at Peggy@WordsToGrowOn.com.
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