Dr. Raulerson celebrates 20 years of stories
One of the highlights of our summer reading event throughout the state was the 20 year celebration of Dr. Marsha Raulerson's Reach Out and Read-Alabama program. Dr. Raulerson began her program in December of 1996 as the third pediatric practice in the nation to implement the nationwide program. During the last 20 years, Dr. Raulerson has prescribed over 50,000 brand new books to the children in her practice. She is now distributing books to the third generation of children that relies on her practice for medical care and literacy advice.
At the recent celebration, the mayor's office presented Dr. Raulerson with a proclamation honoring her service to the community in the area of early childhood literacy while Representative Alan Baker, House District 66, read to the children present at the event. As an educator for twenty-seven years, Rep. Baker knows the importance of reading to children every day. "The families in the district that I serve do not have access to new, quality books like other families across the state. Having a program like Reach Out and Read-Alabama here in Brewton gives our children the opportunity to be exposed to books from birth and have a chance to be successful in school and life," said Rep. Baker.