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Media Advisory: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out and Read Program Book Drive Celebration Friday at Parsons Elementary School

COLUMBUS, OH - 3/13/2009


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out and Read Program Book Drive Celebration at Parsons Elementary School 

Friday, March 13, 2009
2 p.m. – media opportunity

Parsons Elementary School
3231 Lee Ellen Place
Columbus, OH 
(614) 365-5099

With more than 4,000 Reach Out and Read Programs nationwide, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to be the largest. Each year, Nationwide Children’s, along with community partners, hold a three-month community-wide book drive collecting new and gently used books to raise literacy awareness throughout central Ohio. It is through the generous support of the community that enables Nationwide Children’s physicians and staff to help encourage family literacy in the home prior to a child’s entrance into the school system.

The event Friday at Parsons Elementary will celebrate a successful 2009 book drive which will continue through March 31. Since its inception in 1998, more than 675,000 books have been donated to the Reach Out Read Program all to help encourage pediatric literacy. 

During the celebration, students at Parsons Elementary will enjoy a story by Lyn Ford and a performance from the Northland High School Jazz Band. Students will be engaged in literacy awareness as they share their favorite books and characters with fellow students and audience guests. Half Price Books will dedicate a book cart and books to the Parsons Elementary School Library.


Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 355-0495

Claudia Barrett
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Reach Out and Read Program
(614) 406-7525

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