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Walmart supports Reach Out and Read Literacy Program at Beacon Pediatrics

November 3, 2017

Walmart is helping Sussex County children learn to read and succeed. Walmart's Community Grants Program has given a generous gift of $1,000 to the Reach Out and Read program at Beacon Pediatrics in Rehoboth Beach, which is fiscally sponsored by the Beebe Medical Foundation. Fred Fuller, general manager at Rehoboth Beach Walmart, selected Reach Out and Read to receive this charitable donation.

Beacon Pediatrics participates in Reach Out and Read's three-part model to promote early literacy and school readiness. Every child age 6 months through 5 years old is given a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep. Second, medical providers speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offering age-appropriate tips and encouragement. And third, the practice displays information and books throughout the office to create a literacy-rich environment.

The goal of Reach Out and Read is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to read, learn, and succeed. Reach Out and Read is a proven intervention that delivers results, and is supported by at least 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of those not involved in Reach Out and Read on vocabulary tests. These foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school. The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This year, Reach Out and Read's 20,000 volunteer medical providers will distribute 6.5 million new books to four million children in all 50 states. Since starting the program at Beacon Pediatrics in February 2016, they have already distributed 4,000 books!  Beacon Pediatrics greatly appreciates Walmart's generous donation which will help sustain this wonderful program.

For more information contact Beacon Pediatrics, Dr. Stacey Fox at 302-645-8212, Ext. 110 or sfox@beaconpediatrics.net.

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