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A very hungry caterpillar, dancing barnyard animals, celebrating dinosaurs, a bunny visiting the doctor, and a super hero kid were joined by a tiger this summer in sharing the importance of reading with the children and families touched by our program sites. 

The ninth-annual Rx for Summer Reading focused on bedtime routines along with the Brush, Book and Bed project of the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics.

Over 1,000 children and their families at 21 program sites said Goodnight, Daniel Tiger, while participating in fun activities which included creating pillowcases, sleep masks, and dream catchers.  Local dentists emphasized the importance of brushing teeth as part of healthy bedtime routines and physicians, nurses and local volunteers read the book at each event.

We also partnered this year with the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Brush Book Bed program (BBB), a new statewide program made possible by a grant from the DentaQuest Foundation, along with in-kind support from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Oral Health Division. The program provided families at well-child visits with materials in hand (age-appropriate books, stickers, a toothbrush, and toothpaste) to remind them of the need to complete the BBB routine each night to achieve optimal oral health for their children.

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2018 Rx for Summer Reading events

6/1      Cahaba Medical Care West End Clinic
6/20   West Alabama Pediatrics
6/29   Infants & Children's Clinic
           Model City Pediatrics
7/6      Pediatric Adolescent Medicine
7/10     UAB Huntsville Family Medicine
7/11      Charles Henderson Child Health Center
7/13     Cahaba Medical Care Maplesville
7/17     Western Health Center
7/25    Bama Pediatrics
           UAB Primary Care Clinic
7/26    Fairhope Pediatrics
8/1       Dothan Pediatric Clinic
           Enterprise Pediatric Clinic
           Eufaula Pediatric Clinic
           Ozark Pediatric Clinic
8/3     Cahaba Medical Care Centreville

 

 

View past Rx for Summer Reading events here.
2016 ~ Reach Out and Read-Alabama celebrates 10 years with a "Dino-mite" party