MacKenzie Scott Donates $8M to Group Promoting Reading; Money Will Benefit Wisconsin Kids

(Channel 3000)

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $8 million to the national nonprofit Reach Out and Read, and some of that money will help children in Wisconsin.

The organization helps with early childhood development by using books and reading during pediatric care visits. It has a national network of physicians and clinics, including more than 275 in Wisconsin.

In the Badger State Alone, Reach Out and Read said it provides more than 170,000 kids and their families with books and resources.

“In Wisconsin, we are serving currently one in three children under age 5, which is an extraordinary impact for a not very large staff in our state, so this gift will really enable us to go so much further,” said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, the Wisconsin chapter’s founding medical director.

“Those first three years of life are so impressionable and important, and they’re giving those parents the skills and the grace and care to do it with confidence,” Azure’De Williams, the chapter’s executive director, said.

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