Reach Out and Read
Students from the Primrose School of Bedford delivered 1,007 books on Wednesday - books that they purchased or took from their own collections to share with young patients in the Family Health Center at JPS.
“Thank you so much for giving so many books for kids who might not have a book otherwise," Kat Valentine, staff assistant in the Family Health Center, told the school’s Kindergartners, who delivered the books in person. “This is enough books that, for the next six months, every child who comes to the clinic can have a book of their very own."
The books will become part of the Reach Out and Read program, a national literacy campaign that partners with medical professionals to have books "prescribed" for kids when they come in for appointments. JPS is one of nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read sites across the country. The Primrose donation, which topped last year’s by more than 400 books, also will be used to stock the Kids Reading Corner at the Family Health Center.