Wednesday, February 11, 2015
News media calls to Vic Reato: Media Services Manager at (815) 727-5088
Agency Website: www.willcountyhealth.org
Fundraiser Benefits Will County Reach Out and Read Program
Local Early Literacy Project Provides Free Books to Pediatric Clients
Reach Out and Read Illinois is donating more than $2100.00 to enable the Community Health Center (1106 Neal Avenue in Joliet), to purchase 1,050 age-appropriate storybooks for distribution at Well-Check pediatric exams for children between six months and five years old. Children who complete all of their Well-Check visits will receive 10 free age-specific books in all.
Since 2001, when the Health Center launched its ROR initiative, the program has distributed more than 65,700 new books. ROR distributed 4,415 books during 2014.
In 2013, the Community Health Center (a division of the Will County Health Department), became the only Illinois early literacy program ever to receive a Richard Robinson Award. Given annually since 2002, the Robinson award is a national Read Out and Read project which recognizes pediatric doctors and other health care professionals who promote early literacy and provide medical leadership.
ROR is a nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms across the U.S. The money donated to Will County’s program came from a fundraiser conducted by a Macy’s Department Store in downstate Alton.
For information about programs and services provided by the Will County Community Health Center, telephone 815-774-4473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.