WeLoveU hopes to plant the love of reading books and learning, which will last a lifetime.
Did you know more than 1 in 3 American children enter kindergarten without the basic skills they need to learn to read?
Children deserve an inclusive, equitable, and quality education as our next generation. The building blocks to a successful future start at an early stage of life. Luckily, one of the many tools a child needs in order to develop the foundation of learning may be found in our own households: books. Books contain words that children may never hear in everyday conversation. Also, those who read often express their joy in learning overall.
The Power of Reading
The Christiana Care Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware fosters this type of environment by incorporating books into pediatric care. They do so by partnering with the Reach Out and Read program that provides new children’s books to children—starting from ages six months to 5 years old—during their well visits. They also encourage families to read aloud together often. The program also provides families with strategies to develop literacy for all stages of a child’s life.
Plan of Action
However, the demand for books increases over time as patients walk in and out of the pediatric wing.When WeLoveU heard about the hospital’s need for children’s books, they sprang into action right away. They connected with Barnes & Noble about hosting book drives which they gladly agreed to help. So, for a little over three weeks from September to October, WeLoveU raised awareness about the cause and asked for book donations at local Barnes & Noble’s and on social media.
Many shoppers purchased books when they learned about the group’s cause and donated them. More so, about 250 WeLoveU volunteers purchased books from Barnes & Noble and other retailers and online distributors.
The Big Day
On October 19, 2018, the big day came for the book delivery. Volunteers met at the Christiana Care Hospital’s pediatric clinic. With their blue WeLoveU shirts, they brought with them exactly 1,618 children’s books.
Forty-five people in total attended the event. Even children in the hospital came and picked a book of their choice. One child excitedly grabbed a book and held it tightly. This is a telling sign that the fundraiser and the Reach Out and Read program will continue to touch the hearts of all who participate. WeLoveU is hopeful the youth will grow up with greater opportunities for success and happiness.
Along with the books, WeLoveU presented a plaque to Dr. Amanda Kay, the Medical Director of the Pediatric Practice Program. Dr. Kay tearfully accepted the plaque saying, “This is one of the most caring and inspiring events I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of.” She also gave many other words of thanks and encouragement. Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon from the City of Wilmington attended the book ceremony as well and presented WeLoveU with a proclamation saying, “Today’s event was amazing. I am extremely, extremely excited for all the work the WeLoveU Foundation is going to continue to do in our city.”