Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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5:00pm Tailgate with Two Authors:
Debbie Lestina - You're Invited! Recipes for Every Season and Archie Willard - The Last Reader Standing
6:00pm Social & Silent Auction
7:00pm Dinner & Dancing
Music by The Box Brothers Band

Hyperion Field Club
Johnston, Iowa


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Please contact Molly at molly@
reachoutandreadiowa.org for tickets.




Crescent Community Health Center - New Reach Out and Read Program
Crescent Community Health Center has partnered with Reach Out and Read Iowa, a nonprofit organization, to distribute developmentally appropriate books to children from 6 months to 5 years old and advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Read more here.

Thank you to Variety the Children's Charity
Thank you to Variety the Children's Charity for awarding Reach Out and Read Iowa $8,000 to help support early literacy programs in health clinics throughout Iowa targeting children 6 months through 5 years of age, empowering parents as teachers by providing early literacy guidance during checkups and making reading a doctor-recommended activity.

Vilsack Foundation $50K Gift to Reach Out and Read Iowa
The Vilsack Foundation, led by former Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack, presented Reach Out and Read Iowa with a $50K gift as part of its ongoing literacy legacy on June 10, 2013 at Blank Children's Hospital. The hospital was the first Reach Out and Read program established in Iowa in 1998. Read more here.



From left to right: Advisory Committee members Kay Runge and Dr. Rizwan Shah, Advisory Committee Chair, Debra Salowitz, Co-Medical Director Dr. Amy Shriver, Christie Vilsack, Advisory Committee Member Nancy Pedersen, Coalition Leader Molly Olinger Topf, Iowa AAP Vice President Dr. Jen Groos, Advisory Committee member Rachel Burds, and Founding Medical Director and Coalition Leader, Dr. Mary Ann Abrams.




Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child's education development. A stunning 68 percent of fourth graders in public school were reading below proficient levels in 2011. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012 Kids Count Data Book, State Trends in Child Well-Being.
Find out more facts here.



Transform the life of a child by giving the gift of reading today. Donate to Reach Out and Read Iowa here.

Reach Out and Read Iowa is part of the nationwide Reach Out and Read organization. Visit the Reach Out and Read National Center website.

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