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

March 13, 2009


Nationwide Childrens 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 Childrens Hospital is proud to be the largest. Each year, Nationwide Childrens, 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 Childrens physicians and staff to help encourage family literacy in the home prior to a childs 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 Childrens Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 355-0495

Claudia Barrett
Nationwide 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 2019-20 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 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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