Employees at Epic, a Madison-based software development company, donated 950 new and gently-used children’s books to Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. This is the fifth year that Epic has held a book drive to benefit the early literacy program.
Reach Out and Read staff are excited to deliver these books, which will help clinics expand their literacy-rich environments. At clinics that participate in Reach Out and Read, every child from birth to age 5 receives a new book at their well-child visits. These additional books will be available for children in waiting areas and exam rooms, and they can be given out during sick visits or to siblings. Medical clinic staff volunteer their time to participate in Reach Out and Read, and book donations reduce the burden of securing books from other sources.
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Epic for their donations, and a special thank you to Kate Parr for organizing the book drive.
Pictured above: Alex Rogers, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin project coordinator and Kate Parr, book drive coordinator. Epic staff collected, sorted and screened more than 900 books for Reach Out and Read Wisconsin.