3 Great Loves Initiative Supports Reach Out and Read Program
February 1, 2018
Piedmont Crossing, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Thomasville, decided to show its love of children through a book purchasing fund raiser sponsored by a local pediatrics office. Each year, Thomasville Pediatrics raises funds for “Reach Out and Read,” a program that allows the office to purchase books for $2 each. The program’s mission “is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together,” says Shaylyn Ladd, director of community engagement for United Church Homes and Services.
The fund raiser was a particularly good fit for Piedmont Crossing, since many of the residents “are retired school teachers and professors that have a passion for improving literacy efforts,” Ladd says. “Our director of spiritual life, Rev. Bob Symanski, shares that same passion. Rev. Symanski discovered the ‘Reach Out and Read’ program and felt it was a way to make a difference locally. With the ‘3 Great Loves’ initiative in mind, this was a great way to help children and parents.”
Piedmont Crossing collected funds for five weeks, from Thanksgiving until Christmas. The $1,475 Piedmont raised will enable Thomasville Pediatrics to purchase more than 730 books.