Books arrived at Central Elementary just before winter break, as One Book San Diego, Reach Out and Read San Diego and a special donor from Francis Parker School visited to celebrate and share. Photo Gallery»
Central Elementary Health Center's doctors and nurses gave the gift of reading this holiday season by sending families home from check-ups with free books and a very important prescription – "read aloud to your children." Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited the school's health center to support this message by reading this year's KPBS One Book San Diego selection, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, to a group of Kindergarteners and distributing a copy of the book to each child. The San Diego Public Library also distributed library cards to the children, providing more reading opportunities.
Central Elementary Health Center participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by training doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at checkups from 6 months through 5 years. Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books and a parent who has heard at every well child check up about the importance of books and reading. Bilingual books are available in 12 languages.
Ella, a student at Francis Parker Lower School in San Diego, and her friends collected over 5,000 books with a book drive for Reach Out and Read San Diego. Ella was on hand for the big presentation at Central Elementary.
Central Elementary Health Center is one of 80 Reach Out and Read Programs in San Diego County that participate in Reach Out and Read, providing books to more than 75,000 children every year. Reach Out and Read San Diego (RORSD), a program of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA, Chapter 3), provides support and training to these participating pediatric clinics. 15 peer reviewed studies show that children who participate in this program are read to more often and score higher on vocabulary tests.