Benefit Breakfast for Books a Success!

Thank you to our sponsors: Blank Children's Hospital, United Healthcare, and HyVee.

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Reach Out and Read Iowa Reaches 100 Program Milestone

Reach Out and Read Iowa has welcomed 3 new sites: Guthrie County Hospital; Webster City Medical Clinic; and Mercy Pediatric Clinic, Cedar Rapids. These sites bring the total Reach Out and Read Clinical locations in Iowa to 102 and children served in Iowa to 67,218. Together, the three new programs will serve 2,700 additional young children in health clinics with literacy guidance from the medical provider and age- and developmentally-appropriate new books at well child visits beginning at 6 months through 5 years of age.

Bringing the Reach Out and Read program to these communities was done through the generous support of their local Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, local libraries, and other community organizations. A simple, inexpensive, "boots-on-the-ground" program, Reach Out and Read supports parents so they can effectively care and nurture their children and provides a consistent early literacy message for parents and families.

Reach Out and Read Honored with Carle Award

Exciting news! Reach Out and Read has been named a 2014 Carle Award Honoree from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Reach Out and Read will receive the "Angel" award, given to those "whose generous resources are crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality." Dr. Perri Klass and Brian Gallagher will accept the award on our behalf at an event in September, to be held in New York City.

Other Carle honorees include artist Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of more than 100 books for children and winner of numerous awards, including the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse; Henrietta Smith, influential children's librarian, scholar, and author; and Françoise Mouly, publisher and editorial director for TOON Books, high-quality comics for young children and art editor of The New Yorker. We are honored and thrilled to have been selected for this incredible award!

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Principal Charity Classic Birdies for Charity Fundraiser

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Reach Out and Read Iowa New Site Launch
Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics, Vinton, Iowa

Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinic On Tuesday, March 18, Reach Out and Read Iowa and Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinic leaders will celebrated the launch of the program at their main clinic in Vinton, Iowa, along with 3 satellites. The hospital worked for the past few months to complete training and purchase books for the programs target audience, children 6 months through 5 years of age.

"We're very excited about this program and the opportunity for us to partner with the schools, libraries, and parents in Benton County to help with the goal of sending every child to school ready to read and be as successful as possible," said VGH Foundation Director Mike Timmermans.

2014 Benefit Breakfast for Books

On Saturday, March 8th Reach Out and Read Iowa hosted its annual benefit breakfast for books serving green eggs and ham at the Windsor Heights Community Center. Thank you to our event sponsors Blank Children's Hospital, Brick Gentry Law Firm, Iowa Primary Care Association, and United Healthcare Community Plan.

Following a delicious green eggs and ham breakfast, children and families had several activities to experience including: Iowa State University Engineering Club interactive demonstrations; West Des Moines Public Library Dr. Seuss crafts and facepainting; and CultureALL activities featuring Henna designs, Furoshiki, and storytelling.

Crescent Community Health Center - New Reach Out and Read Program
Crescent Community Health Center has partnered with Reach Out and Read Iowa, a nonprofit organization, to distribute developmentally appropriate books to children from 6 months to 5 years old and advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Read more here.

Thank you to Variety the Children's Charity
Thank you to Variety the Children's Charity for awarding Reach Out and Read Iowa $8,000 to help support early literacy programs in health clinics throughout Iowa targeting children 6 months through 5 years of age, empowering parents as teachers by providing early literacy guidance during checkups and making reading a doctor-recommended activity.

Vilsack Foundation $50K Gift to Reach Out and Read Iowa
The Vilsack Foundation, led by former Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack, presented Reach Out and Read Iowa with a $50K gift as part of its ongoing literacy legacy on June 10, 2013 at Blank Children's Hospital. The hospital was the first Reach Out and Read program established in Iowa in 1998. Read more here.

From left to right: Advisory Committee members Kay Runge and Dr. Rizwan Shah, Advisory Committee Chair, Debra Salowitz, Co-Medical Director Dr. Amy Shriver, Christie Vilsack, Advisory Committee Member Nancy Pedersen, Coalition Leader Molly Olinger Topf, Iowa AAP Vice President Dr. Jen Groos, Advisory Committee member Rachel Burds, and Founding Medical Director and Coalition Leader, Dr. Mary Ann Abrams.

Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child's education development. A stunning 68 percent of fourth graders in public school were reading below proficient levels in 2011. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012 Kids Count Data Book, State Trends in Child Well-Being.
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Reach Out and Read Iowa is part of the nationwide Reach Out and Read organization. Visit the Reach Out and Read National Center website.

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