OAISD and Ready for School partnership provides free books to children

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Ottawa Area ISD and Ready for School (RFS) worked together in support of the Reach Out & Read (ROR) program to provide developmentally appropriate and diverse books to over 4,000 children up to age five and their families visiting participating pediatric clinics in the Ottawa area.

“This evidence-based approach fosters parental involvement and language development and strengthens family bonds through the simple act of reading together,” Schmidt (Director of Early Childhood Services for OAISD) added. “OAISD is proud to be a part of the Reach Out & Read Michigan program to provide developmentally appropriate and diverse books and help light the spark of curiosity and knowledge in local children and their families.”

“I am very thankful for our partnership with Ottawa Area ISD to help promote early literacy and empower children and families in our community,” Amanda Rios, Program Specialist for Reach Out and Read Michigan and Ready for School Office Manager, said. “The commitment of the over ten healthcare providers integrating the Reach Out and Read program is remarkable! I look forward to continuing our partnership and making an even greater impact on local families.”

Rios added with the additional funding now all children up to age 5 will receive books at well-child visits. 

Lana Zarlenga, MD at InterCare said she loves giving young patients a book and they enjoy getting them.

“The benefits go beyond helping with literacy and preparing for success in school. Parents appreciate the program also and often read the books with the child. Reach Out and Read is clearly a benefit for my pediatric patients,” Zarlenga said.

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(Image credit: Ottawa Area ISD)