An estimated 40% of children in Oregon enter Kindergarten without the necessary tools they need to learn to read*. That’s why Rivermark has partnered with the Mid-Columbia Medical Center to contribute $5,000 annually to Reach Out and Read, a national program that incorporates books and reading into pediatric care.
Beginning at the six-month checkup through the age of six, kids receive an age and culturally-appropriate book each time they visit the pediatric clinic at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Doctors there also advise parents on the importance of reading aloud with children and how to develop their early literacy skills.
Nationally, families served by Reach out and Read are more likely to read together and their children enter Kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, a home library of at least 10 children’s books and a six-month developmental edge over their peers. Research shows that children who start school with those advantages are more likely to reach their full educational, social and life potential.
Rivermark’s annual grant will go towards purchasing books for the program.
If you’d like to support Reach out and Read in The Dalles community, please visit the Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s donation page and choose Reach out and Read as the designation.
*Source: Reach out and Read