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June 24, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in Denver the collaboration of Too Small to Fail, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Scholastic Inc., and Reach Out and Read to raise awareness among parents and the nation at large about the importance of fostering a child’s early language development. Click here to read about it in The New York Times.

June 21, 2011

Today Reach Out and Read launched its second annual summer campaign to give a brand-new, age-appropriate book to one million children in need before International Literacy Day. Read the press release and get involved.

June 28, 2011

Upcoming Wiggles’ Concert to Benefit Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia! The Wiggles are set to perform in Philly on Saturday, July 16th at the Tower Theatre for two shows (11:30 AM and 3 PM.) This year, the Wiggles are generously donating a portion of ticket sale proceeds to support Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. The Wiggles + supporting Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia = ideal family fun. See the press release for all the details.

December 1, 2010

Looking for a unique yet affordable gift for family and friends this holiday season? Consider making a gift in their honor to Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia! With gift options ranging from $50-$1000, a gift in honor of someone on your holiday list makes the perfect gift. For more, see our press release.

September 8, 2010

Friends of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia gathered to address invitations to this year’s Girls’ Night Out, a night of shopping and cockails supporting Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. See press release and events for details.

June 18, 2010

Today’s issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer features Dr. Trude Haecker’s op-ed, “How Doctors Can Improve Literacy.” Getting to the heart of why Reach Out and Read works so well, Dr. Haecker writes, “Pediatricians have earned the trust of parents, and 96 percent of children 5 and under visit a doctor at least once a year. That gives pediatricians unmatched access to families during the most critical years of a child’s life.” Dr. Haecker is the medical director of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia.

April 21, 2010

The first and second grade students at The Philadelphia School, an independent school in Center City, has raised $6,800 for RORGP. This is The Philadelphia School’s second read-a-thon to benefit Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. The students’ efforts will bring at least 2,000 brand-new books and literacy guidance to young children in need this year. See the press release for more details.

April 18, 2010

Starting on April 24, Cover to Cover, Generation to Generation will hold a book drive at Nordstrom in the King of Prussia Mall. The event will raise awareness about how reading aloud positively impacts children. Book donations will help support Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia.

The event runs April 24 to 30 in the Kids’ Wear Department (3rd Floor). Books will be available for purchase and donation. For more information, see the flyer and read the press release.

April 5, 2010

Elijah “Lil ElijahJ” Johnson, the 11-year-old performer who plays Young Simba in the Broadway musical “The Lion King,” will read to young children in the waiting room at St. Chris Care at Northeast Pediatrics in Philadelphia in support of the school readiness initiative Reach Out and Read. The reading gets underway at 10:30 on Monday, April 12 in honor of “National Drop Everything and Read Day.” For more details, read our press release.

March 23, 2010

Thanks to RORGP’s supporters, our “Eating for Reading” benefit was a great success — raising nearly $3,000 for the ROR Program at South Philadelphia Pediatrics. The event was organized by Dr. Christina DiNicola, a truly inspiring ROR doctor, who recruited over seven Queen Village and Bella Vista neighborhood restaurants to donate up to one-third of their food profits for the evening.

March 11, 2010

Check out the lovely ladies of RORGP and our wonderful supporters in today’s Main Line Times.

February 24, 2010

On Tuesday, March 9, you can help support the RORGP site at South Philadelphia Pediatrics by simply going out to eat. Our “Eating for Reading” event, organized by ROR pediatrician Dr. Christina DiNicola, includes seven participating restaurants in the Queen Village and Bella Vista neighborhoods. Grab a friend and make it a date. For more information, click on our flyer.

January 4, 2010

Save the date for RORGP’s “Read and Romp 2010.” This year’s storybook “destinations” include books such as The Rainbow Fish, Pinkalicious, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and many more. Author and illustrator Peter McCarty will join us for part of the afternoon. Take-home creations serve as a reward for an afternoon well spent. Also new this year: A special performance of If You Take a Mouse to School by the Walnut Street Theatre’s Touring Outreach Company. For more information, check out our press release.

August 23, 2009

RORGP held a book drive at The Wiggles Go Bananas Live! Tour today … and thanks to the young fans, we collected boxes of new children’s books that will help bring a love of reading to thousands of young, at-risk children. The drive was part of a nationwide partnership with The Wiggles. A huge “thank you” to our dedicated volunteers, The Wiggles and Wachovia Spectrum staff who helped make the day possible.

July 21, 2009

In a new, nationwide partnership, The Wiggles Go Bananas Live! Tour will benefit Read Out and Read. The Wiggles are encouraging families attending The Wiggles Go Bananas Live! shows to bring a new children’s board book with them. The Philadelphia shows are Sunday, August 23 at 1:30 and 5:00 PM. RORGP will be on hand to collect the donated board books for the area’s most at-risk children and spread the word about the importance of reading aloud. For more information, visit or check out their press release.

June 30, 2009

To kick off his United We Serve initiative, President Obama asked each of his Cabinet members to participate in a volunteer activity. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius chose to tour the Reach Out and Read Site at Takoma Park Pediatrics in Maryland and read to children in the waiting room. Secretary Sebelius dedicated her homepage to the visit.

April 8, 2009

Tough economic times impact almost everyone — including children. That’s why RORGP has issued the reading list Children’s Books for Families in Tough Economic Times. These doctor-recommended children’s books provide age-appropriate ways to talk about issues such as job loss and losing a home. Most importantly, the stories can help parents reinforce the importance of reresiliency and resourcefulness to children. To find out more, check out our press release, Reading Aloud Helps Children Cope with Tough Economic Times.

March 2, 2009

A read-a-thon by students at The Philadelphia School, an independent school in Center City, has raised over $7,000 for RORGP. The impact? RORGP estimates that The Philadelphia School students’ efforts will put 2,500 new books in the hands of over 2,000 disadvantaged children this year. See the press release for more details.

January 1, 2009

RORGP’s associate medical director urges parents: This year, resolve to read aloud to your child every day. Dr. Kucharczuk’s op-ed, “This New Year, Resolve to Change a Child’s Life” appeared in the January 1 edition of the Main Line Times.

November 26, 2008

Main Line Today magazine features pictures from RORGP’s “Read and Romp” fundraiser in their December 2008 issue, on stands now. You can also check out the story here.

November 12, 2008

Dr. Kristen Kucharczuk, RORGP’s associate medical director, taped an interview with Comcast’s “Newsmakers” program today. Dr. Kucharczuk discussed RORGP’s just-launched Holiday Gifts program and the recent “Read and Romp” fundraiser.

October 30, 2008

Caroline Springer reports on “Read and Romp” in this week’s Main Line Times. Her story features a full page party pictures.

October 21, 2008

“Read and Romp”, held at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, raised $35,000 for RORGP. Many thanks to our sponsors, including Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., Comcast, Elliott-Lewis Corporation, Endo Pharmaceuticals, McCloskey Financial Group, Independence Blue Cross, Scholastic Inc., The Simkiss Companies, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Their generosity is helping RORGP bring a love of books and reading into the lives of area children most at-risk for literacy struggles. See our press release for all the details.

October 10, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights “Read and Romp” as one of its “Do This!” picks for the weekend.

October 2, 2008

RORGP’s “Read and Romp” makes the social calendars in both Main Line Life and the Main Line Times.

September 20, 2008

The September/October 2008 issue of Main Line Today includes a preview of RORGP’s upcoming “Read and Romp” fundraiser.

September 26, 2008

Main Line Today magazine heralds RORGP’s unique mission in a profile of Associate Medical Director Dr. Kristen Kucharczuk. The “Doing Good” article is featured in the October 2008 issue and also highlights the upcoming “Read and Romp” family event.

September 18, 2008

The Main Line Times previews RORGP’s Read and Romp event and profiles event co-chair Bridget Subak as their “Volunteer of the Week.”

September 15, 2008

Reach Out and Read will be featured on the September 24th broadcast of the Rachel Ray’s Show when Rachel interviews ROR spokesperson Robin McGraw. See the show’s website for listings information.

September 12, 2008

Main Line Life’s “Green Book” — the annual calendar highlighting the region’s hottest social events — features RORGP’s “Read and Romp” benefit event, taking place Sunday, October 12 at The Baldwin School.

August 30, 2008

Two Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia sites recently hosted legislative visits to highlight ROR.

On August 28, we welcomed Congressman Jim Gerlach to Mercy Suburban Hospital Family Practice in Norristown, PA. Congressman Gerlach read aloud to children in the waiting room and had a tour of the site.

On August 18, Congressman Chaka Fattah visited The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Primary Care Center in South Philadelphia and read aloud to the children.

July 17, 2008

Comcast Newsmaker host Jamie Lynn Drohan interviewed Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia’s Associate Medical Director, Dr. Kristen Kucharczuk today.

Dr. Kucharczuk discussed RORGP’s mission, its successes, and previewed RORGP’s upcoming “Read and Romp” event. The interview will air on CN8 in mid-September.

May 13, 2008

US News and World Report highlights Reach Out and Read’s unique approach in an article on reading to young children.

May 1, 2008

Reach Out and Read launches a YouTube Channel featuring new videos of its work in action.

Press Releases

June 21, 2011

Reach Out and Read Launches “Summer of a Million Books” Campaign.

December 1, 2010

Give the Gift of Reading: Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia’s Holiday Gifts Program.

August 26, 2010

Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia to Host Girls’ Night Out.

April 5, 2010

Lion King Star Elijah Johnson to Read Aloud to Kids at RORGP Site.

January 4, 2010

Read and Romp 2010 Sets the Date: Sunday, January 31 at The Baldwin School.

August 6, 2009

Borders Book Drive to Support Early Literacy.

April 8, 2009

Reading Aloud Helps Children Cope with Tough Economic Times.

March 2, 2009

The Philadelphia School Raises $7,000 for RORGP.

March 12, 2009

Reach Out and Read Celebrates 20th Anniversary. (PDF)

November 18, 2008

Give the Ultimate Luxury: The Gift of Reading. (PDF)

October 21, 2008

Read and Romp 2008 Raises $35,000 for RORGP. (PDF)

September 10, 2008

Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Launches Website. (PDF)

June 5, 2008

Read and Romp, Annual Reach Out and Read Benefit, to Take Place Sunday, October 12. (PDF)

April 29, 2008

20 Million Kids’ Books Distributed, 25% of U.S. Children in Poverty Getting Books, 50,000 Doctors Trained. (PDF)

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