In an effort to highlight the important role reading plays in all areas of our lives, Children's Hospital Central California hosted a Literacy Fair for its patients.
Volunteers from Target read with children. Each kid who participated selected a book to take home and was given a bookmark and a sticker.
Literacy fairs are one facet of the Children's Literacy Program. During well-child visits, doctors and nurses talk to families about the importance of reading and write special subscriptions for parents to read to their children. Patients receive a book during each appointment. Children's also hosts several special events, including a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America campaign.
The Children's Literacy Program is funded through a combination of local and federal grants, including those from Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, Bank of America, Target, Macy's and The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation.