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Books await children at the VGH clinic exam rooms, part of the Reach out and Read program.

On Tuesday, March 18, Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinic leaders will celebrate the beginning of a new program designed to help encourage reading.

The hospital has been working with the "Reach out and Read' program for the past few months, buying books for children of all ages.

The VGH Foundation, along with local donors have made this program possible.

"e’re very excited about this program and the opportunity for us to partner with the schools, libraries, and parents in Benton County to help with the goal of sending every child to school ready to read and be as successful as possible," said VGH Foundation Director Mike Timmermans.

Schedule for the Event:

Noon Guests Arrive

12:05 Welcome – Mr. Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital & Clinics CEO

12:10 Brief comments from Reach Out and Read Iowa Director

12:15 Comments from Dr. Mangold, Vinton Family Medical Clinic

12:20 Comments, United Health Care and short reading by Mrs. Sue Gates, VS School Board President, retired Shellsburg Elementary Principal

12:30 Informal Q and A, lunch

12:45 – 1:00 Program Concludes

See more info on the national organization and its programs HERE.

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