Reach Out and Read (ROR for short) is a national early literacy program for children. It seeks to get kids comfortable with books between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, taking advantage of regularly scheduled well-child visits. The doctors offer parents advice about the importance of reading with their young children and they give the child a brand new book at every visit. The primary goal is to make books and reading part of a child’s health care and therefore a part of every childhood.
A book at every primary care visit from six months to five years means ten books in the home by the time a child starts school, and each comes with advice, guidance, and encouragement from the child’s medical advisor.
The books are free for the kids–the doctor donates his or her time and that of the staff to administer the program. The community is asked only to donate the books.
The Bluebonnet Lions Club of San Marcos has taken on the responsibility of letting the city know about ROR. It is doing this by raising money and by giving presentations about the program to other service organizations, university professors, classes, and civic leaders in the community. To schedule a presentation, please contact Bonnie Flammang at 754-7773, or any other Bluebonnet Lions Club member.
By JUDY ASWELL
Public Relations Coordinator – San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions
Photo by Judy Aswell
Left: Kim Anderson, Director, Reach Out and Read, Texas Pediatrics, UT Houston Medical School
Right: Bonnie Flammang, Bluebonnet Lions Club.