Reach Out and Read: Promoting early literacy

(Ascension Wisconsin Foundation )

Reading to a baby or young child creates warm, loving memories but it also does something else — it helps their brain develop and kickstarts learning from the day they are born.

When Mary Beth Nienhaus first learned about Reach Out and Read, she knew that she wanted to support the program’s implementation at Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus.

“When I first heard about the program, I went ‘oh my gosh this is a perfect fit,’” said Mary Beth, a retired teacher from Appleton. “Reach Out and Read is such a positive program and I strongly believe in the impact that books can have on young kids, especially when going to a doctor’s appointment where they may be feeling anxious.”

Read the full story at Ascension Wisconsin Foundation here.

(Image credit: Ascension Wisconsin Foundation)