LACONIA — Moultonborough resident Gloria Briggs recently made a very generous donation to the Reach Out and Read program. The goal of this program is to encourage literacy from a very early age and to promote reading as a part of everyday life for all children.
Now in its 25th year nationally, the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program has seen a revival over the past five years here in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions of New Hampshire. LRGHealthcare employees and ROR program co-directors Mary Bidgood-Wilson, FNP, CNM and Karen Davis, RN work with publishers and organizations such as the United Way to purchase books at a reduced cost. Personal donations are also appreciated to ensure the continued success of the program.
Every patient, ages six months through five years, receives a brand new age-appropriate book at each Well Child visit. There are a total of seven participating practices/clinics in the area.
"I am pleased to support the Reach Out and Read program, which promotes literacy and a love of books from a very early age," explains Ms. Briggs. "This gift is a tribute to the late Bob Lappin. Bob and I have supported this program over the years and have always felt that as grandparents and members of this community the health, growth, and well-being of children in particular is so important."
More than 2,000 ROR books are distributed to LRGHealthcare pediatric patients annually. The donation from Ms. Briggs will buy 1 ½ years' worth of books for the Reach Out and Read program, and will undoubtedly motivate hundreds of children and parents to make reading an everyday practice.
For more information or to learn how you can make a donation to this program or to LRGHealthcare, contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare at 737-1042 or visit our website: www.lrgh.org.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.