Columbus Childrens Hospital Reach Out and Read Program Book Drive Celebration

March 20, 2007


Columbus Childrens Hospital Reach Out and Read Program Book Drive Celebration 

Tuesday, March 20, 2007; 1:50 p.m. media opportunity

Ohio at Kent Elementary School Gymnasium
1414 Gault St.
Columbus, Ohio 43205

With more than 3,100 Reach Out and Read (ROR) Programs nationwide, Columbus Childrens Hospital is proud to be among the largest. Each year, Childrens ROR 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 Childrens Hospital pediatricians to help encourage family literacy in the home prior to a childs entrance into the school system.

Since January 2007, more than 30,000 books have been donated to Childrens ROR Program. Tuesdays event will celebrate this successful book drive at Ohio at Kent Elementary School. Students will get a visit from two Ohio at Kent alumni, Archie Griffin and Angela Pace, and enjoy a story telling by childrens author Lynn Ford. Canal Winchester cheerleaders are a part of the celebration, as well as Olivia Thomas, MD, chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital and Claudia Barrett, ROR program coordinator.

Sponsors include: The Ohio State University Alumni Association, All American Moving and Storage, The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation, WBNS 10TV, Central OEA/NEA and Half Price Books.


Mary Ellen Fiorino
Columbus Childrens Hospital Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 722-4595

Claudia Barrett
Columbus Childrens Hospital Reach Out and Read Program
(614) 406-7525

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at