By picking up a Dr. Seuss book and reading, patients at Children's Hospital Central California joined millions of people across the country who celebrated the 11th annual National Education Association's Read Across America Day.
The Children's Literacy Program held a Dr. Seuss birthday party in the Hospital's Child Life Classroom. Madera County Sheriff John Anderson, Fresno Police Capt. Lydia Carrasco and Clovis Police Officer George Cartwright made red and white "Cat in the Hat" stovepipe hats and read with patients. Each patient was able to select a Dr. Seuss book for his or her own book collection.
The Dr. Seuss birthday party is one way the Children's Literacy Program strives to promote and encourage literacy in Central California. The Hospital also hosts several Literacy Fairs throughout the year and gives books to patients during well-child visits in participating practices.
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, Target, Macy's, Bank of America and The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation.