Dear Girl Scout Troops:
I have a challenge for you for our 100th Anniversary! I challenge 100 troops to collect 10 NEW books for Reach out and Read! Reach Out Read provides books to Doctors so that they can provide books to families with small children. The troops that agree to take the challenge will have until December 31, 2011 to complete the goal of collecting ten new books for the program. All troops participating will be invited to the CHIEF’S CHALLENGE pizza party on Sunday January 15th at 11:00am at Peter Piper Pizza on Broadway Blvd. in Tucson!
This challenge is now closed – stay tuned for Chief’s Challenge #2!
Reach Out and Read-Southern Arizona
Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona supports Reach Out and Read programs in Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties and the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui Nations.
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new, developmentally and culturally appropriate books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona prepares our youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning from birth through five years of age. More than 60 pediatric and family practice clinics in Southern Arizona serve 43,000 children and their families through the Reach Out and Read early literacy intervention. Families served read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.
Types of books needed:
- Soft touch board books
- All board books
- Picture books (for example):
- Berenstain Bears
- Little Critter
- Dora the Explorer
- Mia and Miguel
- Any by Eric Carle
- Dinosaur books
- Early Chapter books (for example):
- Junie B. Jones
- Nat the Great
- Magic Tree House
Reading to children will give them a good start on the road to good reading behavior. Books will give them access to a world of possibilities. When volunteer readers are present in waiting rooms, it helps establish reasonable calm and quiet, which is very beneficial in a healthcare setting.
How can you help?
Donating new and used books to El Rio will help volunteer readers and children have access to reading materials. The majority of books distributed at our clinic sites are books geared toward children aged newborn to eight years old.
Reach Out and Read is a specially integrated healthcare/literacy program. It helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success.
Within El Rio Community Health Center’s clinic sites children aged six months to five years are given a new book at well-child checkups. Parents also get guidance from their child’s doctor on the importance of reading aloud for their child’s brain development and the importance of sharing books. Because they have the necessary tools in hand (books), parents then feel empowered to read aloud more often to their children and thus take an active role in their development.