It’s a Great Day to Read!

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_ 2017NEWFriday, March 2 is “Read Across America Day,” as designated by the National Education Association, and Swope Health Services is in on the festivities again this year. Plan on joining us!

We’ll have books available to all children visiting SHS locations throughout the day.

The books are provided courtesy of the Holiday book drive at the Plaza Barnes & Noble store.

“We’re going to make sure every kiddo who visits us on March 2 goes home with a new book,” said Amy Kuhnlein, Community Affairs and Development Manager. “Thanks to the generosity of the Plaza Barnes & Noble and their customers, we have almost 2,100 books to offer to our younger patients.”

SHS joins this nationwide event annual to help introduce children to the joys of reading.

The annual event is held on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the beloved author of children’s classics including “The Cat in the Hat” and 43 other whimsical favorites.

Read Across Poem

“This is more than just a day for fun,” Amy noted. “We’re part of this because we understand how important reading is. It’s a huge factor in student achievement. Kids who like to read do better in school and become lifelong readers.”

Providers also use the books to help assess a child’s cognitive and physical development, said Kristy Willoughby-Randolph, LPN, Clinic Manager, Pediatrics.

The books lead to discussions about the importance of reading to children.

Reading with a child provides close, one-on-one time with that child,” said Kristy. “Reading helps children learn about numbers, colors, shapes, animals, people and more. It gives kids an opportunity to use their imagination and step into another world.”

The NEA reports that children who are read to enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.

Fostering a love of learning and reading is key to children’s success, in school and in life.

Look who we caught reading at SHS!

Read Across America (5)

Dave Barber, President and CEO, with “Green Eggs and Ham”


Read Across America (4)

Naimesh Patel, CFO and COO, with “The Giving Tree”


Read Across America (3)

Dan Barnett, Communications Manager, with “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”


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Even our optometry team is in on the act!

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