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Dear Friends of Reach Out and Read Texas,

It is hard to believe that April is already here!  We’ve had a busy start to 2013 and are encouraged by the new partnerships that have been developed.  Highlights of the year (so far!) include:

  1. The conclusion of our rural expansion project: This initiative was possible because of the generosity of the Meadows Foundation. In total, we brought on 14 new sites where medical providers anticipate distributing over 28,000 books each year.  Make sure to check out the News Channel 10 spotlight on one of these clinics in Amarillo!
  2. A feature at the 2013 annual conference of the Texas Academy of Physicians Assistants:  Reach Out and Read Texas Medical Director, Dr. Cheryl Hardin, delivered a fantastic keynote presentation at this meeting.  The Reach Out and Read program was this year’s President’s Project of the Texas Academy of Physicians Assistants. A special thank you to PA Lauren Dobbs who made this possible.
  3. Visits to our program sites in Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo:  Medical providers in West Texas are enthusiastic about Reach Out and Read. Check out the ‘Site Spotlight’ to learn how one pediatrician in San Angelo is committed to developing community partnerships so her families have terrific models of reading aloud in the waiting room.
  4. Start-up of Reach Out and Read at MyChildren’s – Bachman Lake:  Our goal is to get the program up-and-running this month.  Brand new, developmentally-appropriate books are on the way to this clinic thanks to the support of the Dallas Foundation!
  5. The second annual city-wide meeting in San Antonio:  This event featured presentations by United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, H-E-B, the San Antonio Public Library, and Literacy San Antonio and was a wonderful opportunity to visit with members of the community who have a commitment to promoting early literacy development. Congratulations to Friends of Alamo City Reach Out and Read for hosting another successful meeting!

These are just a few of the many activities going on across our state to promote Reach Out and Read.  As always, thank you for helping us to make books part of a healthy childhood!

Kind regards,

Amanda Marlow
Project Director

Site Spotlight: La Esperanza Clinic (San Angelo)

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is thriving at La Esperanza Clinic in San Angelo Texas. The clinic recently bolstered its already established ROR program by adding volunteers to read in the Pediatric waiting room.  Dr. Celeste Caballero, a new Pediatrician at the clinic, partnered with Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society at neighboring Angelo State University (ASU) for help with the endeavor.  “I reached out to Tri-Beta because of the large number of pre-health professional students in the organization.  I, myself, was a volunteer reader with ROR in college at UT Austin and I appreciated the opportunity to serve in a clinical setting while contributing to literacy in the community.” 

The response from Tri-Beta was phenomenal. During the first semester of partnership, about 60 college students from Tri-Beta attended ROR orientations.  And one month later, volunteers logged hours for reading aloud almost daily.  La Esperanza now boasts the one of the largest ROR volunteer forces in the state of Texas.

Ashley Hampton, ASU student and Tri-Beta President, is grateful for the partnership and commented, “Volunteers have impacted the lives of many in the Concho Valley and, in turn, have been impacted by such a rewarding program.”  ASU volunteers have become an integral part of the clinic, such that it is now commonplace for children to ask nurses to read to them in exam rooms if there are no reading volunteers in the waiting room.  The strength of the La Esperanza and Tri-Beta partnership is taking Reach Out and Read to new heights in San Angelo, Texas. 

Upcoming Events

  • April 18th - 2013 Barbara Bush Celebration of Reading (Houston)
    Reach Out and Read Texas is grateful to participate in the 2013 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Celebration of Reading.  Event attendees are encouraged to bring a new children’s book to donate to Reach Out and Read.  Visit their homepage for information about this event which supports literacy programs throughout our great state!

  • April 30th- Deadline to Submit the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant
    The 2013 Target Store grant application is available here through April 30th at noon central time. We strongly encourage you to apply for funding to support your Reach Out and Read book budget. The application is very straightforward and should take no more than one hour. Contact if you would like a proposal template or additional information.

  • June 14th - Reach Out and Read Texas ½ Day Literacy Conference (Houston)
    Save the Date!  This half-day event will feature a keynote from Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and updated information for your Reach Out and Read program.  Stay tuned for more information!


News from Around the State

  • 3/8/2013:  News Channel 10 highlighted Reach Out and Read at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo one-year after medical providers began implementing the program.

  • 3/13/2013: KAMR 4 showed how the Reach Out and Read program promotes literacy through doctor’s visits at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.

  • We’re excited to announce a new resource for medical providers to share with parents! The Texas Early Learning Council has released voluntary Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines. The Council developed these guidelines along with a diverse group of early childhood stakeholders from across Texas and they have been endorsed by the Texas Pediatric Society.  Request a free copy of the Guidelines here.  They will be sent on a first come, first served basis.

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