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Letter from the Director

Dear Friends of Reach Out and Read Texas,

Summer is here!  For pediatric clinics that means an increase in Well Child Visits and, I imagine, an anticipation of the back-to-school rush.  Probably a good time to make sure you have plenty of books on hand and that your tracking system is working well.   Please note that the next progress report will open in July and will be due by Sept. 1, 2015.

I enjoyed my recent visit to San Antonio to visit the clinics at Lackland AFB and Brooke Army Medical Center. I also got to meet many of you at the Friends of Alamo City Reach Out and Read Conference led by Dr. Rebecca Huston.  We discussed the challenges clinics are facing as health care models change (merging clinics into medical homes, standards that limit materials in the waiting area, etc...) and enjoyed the insights of Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children’s Services at the San Antonio Public Library and Pamela Toman, Executive Director of Literacy San Antonio.  Check out the Quality Corner for ideas about maintaining Best Practices with Reach Out and Read amidst the challenges.

Please be sure to share your stories and photos, I want to hear from you!

Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed.

Please note: a correction from the Spring 2015 Newsletter: Lynn Stoike is the volunteer at Pecan Creek Pediatric Clinic (mistakenly identified as Lori Stoikes).  See below for more information on her rich experience as a Reach Out and Read volunteer.


Program Highlights

Rosie Hernandez,

Rosie Hernandez, Educator-Multidisciplinary Development at Parkland Hospital shared this photo of books donated by Primrose School of Valley Ranch and Primrose School of Breckinridge Park.


Residents at UTKids Children’s Health Center in San Antonio dressed as their favorite book character.

Resident Marshall Lerman spends a few minutes reading with the children at UTKids.

Residents at UTKids Children’s Health Center in San Antonio dressed as their favorite book character.


 

Residents at UTKids Children’s Health Center in San Antonio dressed as their favorite book character.

Resident Marshall Lerman spends a few minutes reading with the children at UTKids.


 

Kim Fehlis, MD, 3rd Year Resident at UT Kids

Kim Fehlis, MD, 3rd Year Resident at UT Kids, dressed as Mary Poppins for their book character day and delighted the children when she read them ‘her’ story.  Kim recognizes the importance of using the book as part of developmental guidance during the well visit—How many words the child uses when looking at pictures? Can they turn the pages?  Does a six-month-old try to taste the book?


Aubree Almeida enjoys a book while waiting with her mom at Youens & Duchicela Clinic in Weimar, TX

Aubree Almeida enjoys a book while waiting with her mom at Youens & Duchicela Clinic in Weimar, TX

Aubree Almeida enjoys a book while waiting with her mom at Youens & Duchicela Clinic in Weimar, TX.  Michelle Koeth who began her connection with Reach Out and Read as a Vista volunteer in Austin, supports this clinic’s program as a volunteer, stocking and tracking books.  Dr. Duchicela noted that the program is seen as a benefit by all patients: a senior at this family clinic noted that there seemed to be limited numbers of gently used books in the waiting area and wanted to make a donation to support the program and his community.


SSGT Rolando Rodriguez shared these photos of Katherine Landman and Samuel Perez with their new books

SSGT Rolando Rodriguez shared these photos of Katherine Landman and Samuel Perez with their new books, received at the Pediatric Clinic at Goodfellow AFB.  All of our military sites are supported in part by funds from the Dodge Jones Foundation.


Nicole Kirchhoff, Elle Norman, Lexi Kohnke and Keely Kirchhoff of Senior Girl Scout Troop # 18065

Nicole Kirchhoff, Elle Norman, Lexi Kohnke and Keely Kirchhoff of Senior Girl Scout Troop # 18065 from Tall Pines Community , held a book donation drive and shared the collected books with Texas Children’s Pediatrics-Westchase (Houston).   Ana Arizmendi, Office Manager and Site Coordinator for Reach Out and Read, really appreciates the books and their effort: “Our patients will devour the books as they love receiving books.  Now I can make so many children happy.  “


Upcoming Events

Progress Reports: Open in July, due by September 1, 2015
TSR! Summer Institute—July 7-9th, Houston, TX
Presentation on Reach Out and Read, July 7th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

TSR 2015 Institute

Quality Corner

How do volunteers support your program?

Dr. Lizette Gomez is seen here with Ruth Vargas-Martinez

Dr. Lizette Gomez is seen here with Ruth Vargas-Martinez

UTKids in San Antonio has experienced some of the same challenges that other programs are facing-moving to medical homes, limits on materials in the waiting room, etc... They’ve faced the challenge head on... Dr. Lizette Gomez is seen here with Ruth Vargas-Martinez of the hospital’s Volunteer Services celebrating volunteers who roll out a cart full of books, a carpet and children’s furniture twice a week to maintain a Reading Hour at the clinic.


Lynn Stoike

Lynn Stoike has a long history volunteering with Reach Out and Read, starting in Ohio.  When students come to volunteer as readers at Pecan Creek Pediatrics in Denton, she has handouts ready.

Lynn’s suggestions for a successful book read:

  • take time to pick out books from the cupboard,
  •  get familiar with them,
  • pick out books for different ages,
  • offer bookmarks that show developmental stages of reading,
  • remember that when you read to the children you are modeling for the parents, they like to see how their child responds as you read to them;

How to get a child involved in reading with you?

  • repeat a pattern or a rhyme,
  • look at the book cover (What colors do they see? What might the story be about?  What can you count? So, you see the letters in your name?),
  • choose action books.

For more information, click here.


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NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK

The editorial staff of the The Reach Out and Read Newsletter would like to hear from you.  Please submit your comments, suggestions, and questions to Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed. at jocelyn.m.mcconnell@uth.tmc.edu .

Summer 2015

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Jocelyn McConnell, M.Ed.
ROR-TX Director
jocelyn.m.mcconnell@uth.tmc.edu

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