In 1989, two
forward-thinking doctors, Robert Needlman and Barry Zuckerman,
together with early childhood educators Jean Nigro, Kathleen
MacLean, and Kathleen Fitzgerald-Rice, introduced the first Reach
Out and Read program at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical
Center). The group was inspired by the mothers and children they
witnessed reading in the waiting room and how the energy around
books brought such joy to these families. They wanted all families
to experience the joy of connecting through reading aloud.
Reach Out and
Read's primary goal is to engage parents to be their child's first
and most important teacher. Learning starts with reading in the
home, from birth.
Over the last 30
years, Reach Out and Read has grown from 1 clinic, 2 pediatricians,
and 500 children and families to 32,700 pediatric providers at
6,000 healthcare locations nationwide. Annually, the organizations
impacts 4.7 million children through the distribution of more than
7 million new, developmentally and culturally appropriate
To honor our past and look to the future, Reach Out and
Read will be celebrating this milestone in the city where it all
began - Boston. Join us at the historic
Boston Public Library for 3 days this fall.
Boston Public Library
Our 30th Anniversary Celebration starts with the Next
Chapter Forum. This daylong gathering will bring national
partners together with representatives of Reach Out and Read to
inform our strategy for collaboration and research as part of the
ROR vision for the next 30 years. (Image via the Boston Public
Years at Reach Out and Read
Reception and Dinner
Guests are also invited to purchase tickets to the
Celebrating Reach Out and Read reception and
dinner in the beautiful Guastavino room in the Boston Public
Library. This special evening will honor the "30 Most Influential"
people of the Reach Out and Read network. More information on
tickets contact 30thAnniversary@reachoutandread.org
We look forward to gathering our network, medical leadership,
and many Reach Out and Read champions and supporters for a
Grand Slam Celebration at Fenway Park.
Join us for Dinner in the unforgettable State
Street Pavilion. This private club offers one of a kind
views of the ballpark and the "Green Monster"
Tour the home of the 2018 World Series Champions
Boston Red Sox. Learn why Fenway is called "America's Most
Beloved Ballpark" (Image via Fooder Boston)
November 7 - 8
Boston Public Library
The National Leadership
Conference will kick off with Telling Our
Story, an interactive presentation by internationally
known storyteller Andy Goodman. Andy will guide the ROR network on
best practices in the field of public interest communications.
(Image via the Goodman Foundation)
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Anniversary Celebration? Click here for more information.