Media Advisory: Read Across America Celebration at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

March 3, 2011

Read Across America Celebration at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ohio First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich to participate in literacy event with more than 100 head start children from Franklin County

Friday, March 4, 2011
1:15 p.m. – media opportunity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Outpatient Care Center (OCC)
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
*A media relations rep will meet you at this entrance for escort to event location; parking available in the visitors parking garage located near the OCC entrance at the corner of S. 18th St. and Mooberry Dr.

On Friday, March 4, the Reach Out and Read Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest literacy programs in the country, will celebrate National Education Association’s Read Across America – an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to engage in literacy. In recognition of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, Read Across America occurs the first week of March each year.

Participating in the event at Nationwide Children’s will be Ohio’s First Lady Karen Waldbillig Kasich. Mrs. Kasich will kick-off the event by leading more than 100 head start children from Franklin County in reciting a  “reader’s oath” – a promise to read each and every day. After the reader’s oath, the children will be split into groups and engage in several activity stations that promote literacy, health and wellness. Mrs. Kasich will help lead children at one of the healthy nutrition stations.  


Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 937-7316

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