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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