Our Annual Impact, Nationwide:
million children served,
million new, developmentally-appropriate books
50 states and
D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin
Community volunteers dedicate
more than 350,000 hours of service to Reach Out
and Read annually.
Reach Out and Read was founded
in 1989 with its first program at Boston City Hospital (now Boston
Medical Center). By 2001, dramatic growth brought the Reach Out and
Read model to all 50 states, with almost 1,500 sites distributing
1.6 million books per year.
Reach Out and Read programs have
been delivered in Georgia since the 1994 launch of our program at
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Reach Out and Read Georgia
Medical Director Dr. Terri McFadden had been implementing a pilot
program in her clinic that brought reading materials to families.
When the Reach Out and Read national organization coalesced, Dr.
McFadden and her colleagues were excited to become a part of it,
and Reach Out and Read Georgia was born. Read more about Dr.
McFadden and the origin of our organization,
Today, Reach Out and Read
partners with nearly 5,000 program sites nationwide and distributes
6.5 million books per year, including more than 179,458 books a
year and over a million books, total, since 1994, in Georgia. The
program currently serves more than one-third of all children living
in poverty in this country, and continues to grow each year with
the vision that one day all impoverished children will be served by
a Reach Out and Read medical provider.
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