Thank you SWEET
READS! We have the BEST community
SWEET READS assists children in
underserved and underfunded communities by providing free age
appropriate books as well as conducting engaging literacy events.
We believe that an early love of and engagement with reading,
will assist the children we serve in every aspect of development.
Academic performance, imagination, creativity, compassion and
confidence can all be developed and strengthened through
accessibility to age appropriate, diverse reading materials.
SWEET READS partners with community organizations and schools to
distribute the books to children to aid in their missions of
strengthening early literacy and love of reading.
Osborn Family Health Center
inspires kids to read on Valentine's Day!
Osborn Family Health Center in Camden has promoted early reading
in Pediatrics since 1996 as one of the first Reach Out and Read
programs in NJ.
Diane Hines-Cooper paired up with the Behavioral Health team at
Osborn to promote the message "When children are read to by people
they love, children learn to love books." Diane donated over
100 bags stuffed with a fuzzy lab blanket, a stuffed animal, and a
new book to give out to children attending Osborn Family Health
Center. Giving out books, doctors "prescribing reading"
and events like this make visiting Pediatrics exciting and send a
heartfelt message to parents that Osborn cares about their children
in many more ways than just the medical care they receive.
We are always thrilled to
welcome new program sites to our ever growing team of dedicated
Welcome Forest Hill Family
Health Associates, the office of Dr. Indu Madhok, the office of Dr.
Michele Segal, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Pediatrics,
Morristown Medical Center Family Medicine and
Morristown Family Health Center.
Three cheers for Pequannock High School's Future
Business Leaders of America !
Located in northern New Jersey, the Pequannock Future Business
Leaders of America Chapter organized two literacy events for
elementary students, which featured group storytime and
crafts for kids to celebrate the holiday season. Each child
received a reindeer goodie bag with pencils, pens and post-it
notes along with a color-your-own bookmark, highlighting
information about Reach Out and Read New Jersey on the back. In
addition, through school fundraising events such as selling teacher
appreciation packages, the group collected donations at this year's
Teacher Lip Sync Battle. Pequannock Township High School was able
to raise over $170 towards a Virtual Book Drive!
Future Business Leaders of America is the largest student run
organization in the country! One of the main goals of the
Pequannock chapter is to develop a multitude of community service
projects that involves our schools and whole town to help improve
and solve problems within our community. This year, Pequannock was
happy to partner with Reach Out and Read New Jersey to help
advocate childhood literacy.
Reach Out and Read NJ is grateful for our new
partnership with the Allergan Foundation.
Director Kim Byam received a contribution check of $7,500 for our
local Reach Out and Read programs from Gwyn Grenrock,
Executive Director of The Allergan Foundation and Susan Stone,
Foundation Board Member and Executive Director, Alliance Advocacy,
at a reception in late September.
Girl Scouts are making a difference one project at a
Sabrina is a 14 year old Girl Scout pursuing her Silver
Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award promotes leadership and
challenges the applicant to explore their community, identify
issues that are important to them, develop a project and take
action....all with the goal of making a difference in the
world. Sabrina learned about the Reach Out and Read
program and was hooked! Being able to share her love of
reading with so many families was the opportunity that she was
looking for. She was saddened to realize that not all
children have ready access to books and that not all
families understand the value of reading to young children. She
visited local businesses and posted her flyer to generate
donations. In the meantime, she canvassed the neighborhood with
flyers and began collecting donations from her friends and
family. Sabrina is an exceptional young lady that
demonstrates commitment, knowledge, compassion and
leadership. In total Sabrina has invested over 58 hours
towards her book-drive and is proud to have collected over 601
books to be shared with young children and their families through
Reach Out and Read.
This summer Kaitlyn, an extraordinary 9 year-old
from Ogdensburg, and her little brother, Justin, had a lemonade
stand in her neighborhood and sent all the proceeds to Reach Out
and Read! Kaitlyn's commitment and compassion proved contagious --
her lemonade stand was visited by one of the community's police
officers, the Chief of the Fire Department and folks from the First
Aid Squad. We are so grateful to Kaitlyn, her family and the truly
remarkable community of Ogdensburg!
Little kids doing BIG things! Thank you
Goddard Schools for the very successful, multi school book drive!
Thirteen Goddard Schools together collected and delivered
9,051 new and gently used books to various Reach
Out and Read pediatric offices. Big thank you to the following
schools: Dayton, Wayne, Spotswood, Old Bridge 1, Old Bridge
2, Norwood, Fanwood, Fairfield, North Brunswick, Elmwood Park,
Paramus, Piscataway and Englewood Cliffs.
Girl Scouts ROCK! Especially Troop 40215 from
Union. Mahi Pediatrics was thrilled to receive the books you
collected for them. THANK YOU!
We LOVE our IKEA volunteer readers!
Thank you for sharing your time, enthusiasm and support by truly
making a difference with the kids in Burlington County. Each child
received an extra book that day courtesy of IKEA Distribution
Services North America located in Westampton. Thank you for this
HERE WE GROW AGAIN
Welcome to our coalition:
Horizon Health Center in Jersey City
Overlook Family Medicine in Summit
Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness in
Inspira Medical Group, Millville Family Medicine in
MORE INCREDIBLE KIDS
We are so grateful to Charlotte from West Berlin for collecting
1303 books for kids in South Jersey. Charlotte had dream and made
it a reality. Truly inspirational! Click on the picture
above to watch the story!
Isabella, a 5th grade
student from Clifton Public Schools and 2 of her classmates
collected 1016 gently used books for our medical providers to give
to kids living in the Paterson area. You go girls! Thank you for
this much needed, incredible donation!
We are always in need of good quality, gently used childrens
books, especially board books. Please nothing ripped, scribbled in
or too loved! We will connect you to the closest program site in
need to make delivery easier for you. Contact us for more
Thanks to the amazing customers that frequent the Faber
News Now stores, The Children's Regional Center at Cooper
University Hospital will receive 2191 brand new books!!!l! This
office has been participating in the Reach Out and Read program
since 1998 and serves 5740 kids ages 6 months through 5 years of
age. Thank you Faber News Now for this generous
New kids on the block. We are thrilled to welcome 2 new
practices to our growing coalition: Jewish Renaissance
Medical Center at Central High School and Jewish
Renaissance Medical Center at Barringer High
School both located in Newark. WELCOME