BENEFITING: Reach Out and Read of Greater New York
BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Following in my friend's footsteps (thanks, Adam) and using the awesome capability of social media to connect you all with a charity I am deeply passionate about - Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Developing young minds through reading and putting down the electronics (!!!) helps to strenghten their imaginations to full potential. Creating a bridge to furthering communication skills to speak with purpose and great thought in their adult years. Would you pretty please take the money you would have spent on a present for me and push it toward something I really care about? It would be the best birthday present ever. HUGE thank you in advance. Love for all - Meita <3 *Goal of 521 for my birth date, but let's push past that as far as we can. :-) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Reach Out and Read is an innovative program that partners with pediatricians to provide free, new books to America's youngest children and literacy guidance to their parents, with an emphasis on encouraging parents to read aloud with their children daily. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. At each checkup, children receive a free developmentally-appropriate book to keep, and parents or caretakers are counseled on the importance of reading aloud to children for the development of language and pre-reading skills. Children who participate in Reach Out and Read have stronger vocabularies and language skills, and start school ready to learn to read.