The office of SOMC Pediatric Associates is on its way to becoming a “Reach Out and Read” site.
“Reach Out and Read” is a nationwide program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in children ages 6-months to 5-years by giving books to patients who come in for “well” check-up visits. The program builds on the unique relationship between pediatric parents and medical providers and serves more than 4 million children and their families annually.
To become a “Reach Out and Read” site, SOMC Pediatric Associates must collect 1,000 books. To meet this goal, the office hosted a book drive during the month of May and is still accepting new and gently-used donations. Community members who would like to make a donation can drop off their books at the SOMC Pediatric Associates office, located on the First Floor of the Fulton Building on the SOMC Main Campus.
Community members are also invited to support SOMC Pediatric Associates by eating at the River House from 5 to 9 p.m. June 2. Ten-percent of all dine-in and carry-out orders made that evening at the restaurant will go toward the purchase of books for the Pediatric Associates office.
The River House is located at 711 Second Street, Portsmouth. To learn more, please visit www.theriverhouseportsmouth.com or call 740-354-7788. For more information about the Reach Out and Read program, please visit www.reachoutandread.org.