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First Annual Read Out and Read Revel Read Gala

Thank you to our sponsors!

Goodnight Moon Sponsor:
University of Iowa Children's Hospital

The Little Engine That Could Sponsors:
Brick Gentry P.C.
Blank Children's Hospital

Curious George Sponsors:
Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
United Healthcare



Summer 2011 Events

Charles Gabus Bike Ride



Birdies for Charity



Des Moines Art Festival







Reach Out and Read Iowa and IPTV Partnership

IPTV and Reach Out and Read Iowa are currently partnering to strategically expand literacy efforts and enhance the literacy-rich waiting rooms at Reach Out and Read programs across the state; 11 Learning Centers were distributed in the fall of 2010 and another 14 more Learning Centers are planned for distribution in the spring of 2011.

Spring 2011 IPTV Learning Center Launches:
UI Family Care, Belle Plaine
Peoples Clinic Butler County, Clarksville
Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines
Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Program, Des Moines
Trimark Pediatrics, Fort Dodge
Franklin Medical Center , Hampton
Alegent Health Clinic, Logon
Mercy Pediatric and Adolescent Care Clinic, Mason City
UI Healthcare, Muscatine
Iowa Health Physicians, Osceola
UI Family Care, Riverside
Deer Creek Family Care, Toledo
NE Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program, Waterloo
Alegent Health Clinic, Woodbine



3rd Annual Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books

March 11, 2011

Reach Out and Read Iowa celebrated our 5 year anniversary at the 3rd annual Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books on March 11, 2011.
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Iowa Public Television and Reach Out and Read Iowa Literacy-Rich Waiting Room Learning Centers Launch at 12 Reach Out and Read Iowa programs throughout Iowa

October 18 - 22, 2010

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Phase I of the project, implementation of 11 of the 25 Learning Centers is set to take place during National Health Literacy Month during the week of October 18 - 22nd, 2010. Reach Out and Read Iowa Fall 2010 Launch locations include:
Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids Pediatrics
Davenport - Genesis Family Medical Center
Des Moines - Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic
Iowa City - University of Iowa Children's Hospital-General Pediatrics
Keosauqua - Van Buren County Hospital
Knoxville - Knoxville Hospital Clinics
Marshalltown - Reach Out and Read Marshall County
Ottumwa - River Hills Community Health Center, Inc.
Sioux Center - Sioux Center Community Hospital and Medical Center
Storm Lake - United Community Health Center
Waterloo - Peoples Community Health Clinic

IPTV Raising Readers Learning Centers will have a cart of age-appropriate children's materials such as books, activity books, toys, puzzles and more. Sometimes they will include a flat-screen television and DVD player which allows children and parents the opportunity to experience high quality children's programming aired by Iowa Public Television. Literacy-Rich Waiting Rooms provide resources which encourage families to spend time together reading books, watching quality children's programs, and learning about additional ways to have fun together while waiting for their appointment.



Marshalltown Achieves Bookend City

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Marshalltown recognized for achieving a Bookend City, in which 100% of the pediatric providers are part of Reach Out and Read Iowa.
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Congratulations to the Principal Charity Classic Birdies for Charity Booth Putting Contest Winners!

Reach Out and Read Iowa hosted a putting contest during their Birdies for Charity booth time at the Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks. Over 300 putting contest participants were entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Taylor Made RAC Wedge and an Odyssey Two-Ball SRT Putter. The winners of the contest are:

Jack Walsh, West Des Moines - Taylor Made RAC Wedge


Ed Heritage, Grimes - Odyssey Two-Ball SRT Putter,
which also comes with a free putter fitting, compliments of Golf Galaxy




Variety - The Children's Charity Grant to Reach Out and Read Iowa Supports Several Programs in Iowa

October 1, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa

Variety – The Children's Charity has awarded Reach Out and Read Iowa a grant to support several programs throughout Iowa including: River Hills Community Health Center (Ottumwa); Franklin Medical Center (Hampton); Sioux Center Community Hospital and Clinic (Sioux Center); Wayne Family Center (Corydon); and Trimark Pediatrics (Fort Dodge). Variety's support of Reach Out and Read Iowa will ensure these programs have quality, developmental- and age-appropriate books.

With the Variety grant, Reach Out and Read Iowa is able to purchase more than 2,000 books for several Reach Out and Read programs throughout Iowa. Reach Out and Read Iowa partners and volunteers will assist with the coordination and distribution of the books to the Reach Out and Read programs. These programs serve approximately 3,600 children.

The books purchased with the Variety grant will be used by volunteer readers and parents in waiting rooms as a hands-on way to get children and parents to share books together. “Childhood development experts tell us that the most important thing that parents can do to prepare their children to succeed in school is to read aloud to them every day. Reading helps expose kids to new words and new worlds, and it helps bring families closer together,” said Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH, Coalition Leader and Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Iowa.

Medical research supports that claim, showing that literacy-promoting interventions by physicians have a significant effect on parental behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes toward reading aloud. For more than a decade, studies have indicated that parents who get books and literacy counseling from their doctors and nurses are more likely to read to their young children, read to them more often, and provide more books in the home. In addition, several studies have also shown that young children served by Reach Out and Read show significant developmental gains in language and literacy.




Variety - The Children's Charity Grant to Reach Out and Read Iowa Provides Books for Literacy-Rich Waiting Rooms at Iowa’s Community Health Centers

February 3, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa

Variety – The Children's Charity will be thanked for their support of Reach Out and Read Iowa (ROR-Iowa) at Noon on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Primary Health Care, Inc.'s Engebretsen Clinic located at 2353 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Soozie McBroom, representing Variety, will be on hand as ROR-Iowa staff present books to Dr. Bery Engebretsen, Medical Consultant for the ROR-Iowa program at Primary Health Care, Inc. clinics. Variety's support of ROR-Iowa will assist in building literacy-rich waiting rooms in community health centers throughout Iowa that participate in Reach Out and Read.

With the Variety grant, ROR-Iowa was able to purchase more than 3,000 books for 16 community health centers throughout Iowa. Partners, including the Iowa Nebraska Primary Care Association and ROR-Iowa volunteers, helped coordinate organization and distribution of the books to the centers. Iowa’s community health center Reach Out and Read programs serve approximately 12,000 children in poverty, helping them grow up with books and a love of reading so they can enter school ready to learn.

The books purchased with the Variety grant will be used by volunteer readers and parents in waiting rooms as a hands-on way to get children and parents to share books together. “Childhood development experts tell us that the most important thing that parents can do to prepare their children to succeed in school is to read aloud to them every day. Reading helps expose kids to new words and new worlds, and it helps bring families closer together,” said Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH, Coalition Leader and Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Iowa.

Medical research supports that claim, showing that literacy-promoting interventions by physicians have a significant effect on parental behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes toward reading aloud. For more than a decade, studies have indicated that parents who get books and literacy counseling from their doctors and nurses are more likely to read to their young children, read to them more often, and provide more books in the home. In addition, several studies have also shown that young children served by Reach Out and Read show significant developmental gains in language and literacy.




Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books

March 2, 2009, Des Moines, Iowa

On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 7:30 - 9:00a.m., at The State Historical Museum, 600 East Locust Street, Reach Out and Read Iowa(ROR-Iowa) will host their *2nd Annual Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books*fundraiser to introduce community and business professtions, in addition to physicians and other health care providers, to the Reach Out and Read Iowa program in a fun, yet informative, manner. This annual event is intended to motivate and bring awareness to communities about the importance of reading to every young child, through celebrating the books of the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Children ages 5 and under are free with an adult.

ROR-Iowa is part of the national Reach Out and Read pediatric literacy program that links literacy and health by incorporating books and literacy guidance into every well-child visit from 6 months through 5 years of age. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Debra Salowitz, Chair, Reach Out and Read Advisory Committee, will serve as host as ROR-Iowa recognizes three clinics celebrating over 10 years as active ROR sites in Iowa: Mercy Family Medicine Center and Residency Program of Des Moines, Peoples Community Health Clinic of Waterloo, and University of Iowa Family Care Center General Pediatrics of Iowa City.

ROR–Iowa will also honor ROR-Iowa Champions Matt McGarvey, Director, Wellmark Foundation; Dr. Rizwan Shah, Medical Director, Blank Children's Hospital Child Abuse Program; Rotary International District 6000, District Governor Calvin Litwiller; and Jane Halliburton, Story County Supervisor.

Upon arrival guests will be able to peruse a Dr. Seuss memorabilia table, compliments of the staff at Beaverdale Books; view a short video, Reach Out and Read: Making Books Part of a Healthy Childhood; and enjoy a display of children's books . During the green eggs and ham breakfast, entertainment will include a live performance from the Dowling Catholic High School Off the Record Choir, directed by Jody White, and a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, performed by East High Drama students under the direction of teacher Ruth Ann Gaines.




Story County Named a Reach Out and Read Iowa “Bookend Community”: Every Well-Child Provider in the County Joins Literacy Program Story County ROR-Iowa Clinics and Story County Supervisor Jane Halliburton Honored by Reach Out and Read Iowa

October 21, 2009, Ames, Iowa

Reach Out and Read (ROR), a nationwide pediatric literacy program that provides advice about reading aloud and books to young children at their regular checkups, today named Story County a “Bookend Community.” To become a ROR Bookend Community, 100% of the well-child providers in the county must participate in the program. The communities are recognized for their commitment to literacy and for engaging doctors as key messengers of the importance of early childhood literacy. A part of the ROR-Iowa Coalition, Story County is the nation's first Bookend Community.

Reach Out and Read Iowa (ROR-Iowa) represents a coalition of 71 of the over 4,500 individual ROR programs in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 3.8 million children participate in ROR annually, 51,000 in Iowa. Nationally, more than 6 million new, developmentally-appropriate books are given to families annually, over 71,000 in Iowa. As a coalition, the role of ROR-Iowa is to raise awareness, recruit new sites, provide training and technical assistance, ensure quality, and provide all start-up and at least 25% of the ongoing annual book needs for the sites. This collective effort strengthens ROR’s presence and leverages additional support in the form of human and financial resources for all ROR sites in Iowa.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:00noon, Debra Salowitz, Chair of the ROR-Iowa Advisory Committee, will present a certificate to Story County Supervisor Jane Halliburton, in recognition of the nine Story County ROR-Iowa sites.

The recognition event on October 21 will be held at McFarland Clinic, 1215 Duff Avenue, in Ames. ROR-Iowa will recognize the following 9 clinical sites in Story County: McFarland Clinic (Ames): Pediatrics, Family Medicine East, Family Medicine West, Nevada Office, and Story City Office along with Story County Medical Clinics in Nevada, Maxwell, Slater, and Zearing. These Story County ROR-Iowa sites are joined by more than 4,500 other sites nationwide that are working to make books part of a healthy childhood.

Halliburton said, “It's been a joy to watch the growth and development of the Story County Reach Out and Read program, from the vision, dedication and persistence of the leaders of the Raising Readers in Story County organization to the success of the program today, which is serving children throughout our county and has achieved 100% participation of Story County's medical providers.”

ROR-Iowa will recognize the Story County lead sponsors: Ames Morning Rotary, Ames Noon Rotary, and United Way of Story County. Joining them in recognition are the following sponsors: McFarland Clinic, Ames Noon Kiwanis, Target, Pi Beta Phi, 3M, First National Bank, and Nevada Rotary.

Dr. Jill Alexander, Medical Director of the McFarland Clinics, said, “I could not go back to practicing medicine without books. Research shows that the Reach Out and Read program works. Parents who get books and literacy counseling from their doctors are more likely to read to their young children, read more often, and provide more books in the home. Their children show improvements in language scores which translate into better readiness for school.




1st Annual Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books

March 11, 2009

DES MOINES, IA – On Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:30 – 9:00a.m., at The State Historical Museum, 600 East Locust Street, Reach Out and Read Iowa (ROR-Iowa) will host their 1st Annual Green Eggs and Ham Benefit Breakfast for Books fundraiser to introduce community and business professionals, in addition to physicians and other health care providers, to the Reach Out and Read Iowa program in a fun, yet informative, manner. This annual event is intended to motivate and bring awareness to communities about the importance of reading to every young child, through celebrating the books of the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

ROR-Iowa is part of the national Reach Out and Read pediatric literacy program that links literacy and health by incorporating books and literacy guidance into every well-child visit between 6 months and 5 years of age. ROR makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH, ROR-Iowa Coalition Leader and Medical Director, will serve as host as ROR-Iowa recognizes three clinics celebrating over 10 years as active ROR sites in Iowa: Blank Children's Health Center, Gundersen Lutheran – Decorah Clinic, and House of Mercy Free Medical Clinic.

ROR–Iowa will also honor ROR Champions, United States Senator Charles E. Grassley, and Christie Vilsack. Senator Grassley has been a champion for Reach Out and Read nationally for over seven years, as lead sponsor for the appropriations and Prescribe a Book Act in the United State Senate. These are supported by a broad national coalition, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Docs for Tots, International Reading Association, National Council of La Raza, National Center for Family Literacy, and Read Out and Read. Christie Vilsack was instrumental in establishing the ROR–Iowa Coalition in 2006 through a generous contribution that served as her literacy legacy from her work as First Lady and the Iowa Stories 2000 Foundation. She serves as Honorary Chair of ROR-Iowa’s Advisory Committee and on the board of Boston-based Reach Out and Read National.

The event will kick off with a short video, Reach Out and Read: Making Books Part of a Healthy Childhood. Following a green eggs and ham breakfast, entertainment will include a reading of the Dr. Seuss children's classic, Green Eggs and Ham, by Marcus McIntosh, KCCI, and Maureen Korte, Director of Special Projects and Programming for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, as the Cat-in-the-Hat performing Sam-I-Am.




Kids Are Helping Kids Affected by Floods

October 1, 2008

A group of Iowa children is reaching out to help other Iowa children affected by the June 2008 floods. The group, called “Kids Helping Kids in the Flood” hopes to gather donations from children throughout Iowa and elsewhere to help flood-affected children. Kids Helping Kids will use e-mail and text messaging to collect contributions from other kids wanting to help those who experienced the devastation of the floods.

The group’s first project will be the purchase and distribution of The Flood That Came to Grandma’s House, a book by Iowa author Linda Stallone. This book has been used extensively by schools and other organizations around the country for children impacted by floods and hurricanes, including hurricane Katrina. It helps children understand how floods occur and what happens during and after a flood; how families and communities are affected; and how they work to rebuild their homes and their lives. The book also has a section in the back for children to write or draw their own story about the flood and how it affected them.

Founding support for Kids Helping Kids has come from Iowa’s two children’s hospitals – University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City and Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. Additional sponsors of the project are the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Reach Out and Read-Iowa Coalition (ROR-Iowa).

“During times of disaster, children look to their parents and other adults to help them feel loved and protected. Reading aloud to children helps provide them with a sense of security, a predictable routine, and nurturing care that can help both children and families during this difficult time,” said Dr. Mary Ann Abrams, Coalition Leader for Reach Out and Read-Iowa.

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