Thank you for considering a financial donation to the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects. Most of your gift will be used for the purchase of books that will go straight into the hands of children. This is our primary cost and a substantial and ongoing need. By buying through the national Reach Out and Read/Scholastic system, we can obtain high-quality, developmentally appropriate books at far less than retail cost. In the first 18 months of operation, our Reach Out and Read sites distributed almost 10,000 books!
For Reach Out and Read, we are able to provide an entire “dose” of books (10 books over four and a half years) to a child for a cost of only $50. Very few proven medical interventions cost so little and provide so much!
For the AFCH Inpatient Reading Library, we enjoy significant discounts from University Book Store and are thus able to stretch your dollars further.
Brodhead Middle School Youth Service Day
Stephanie Tresemer, TOOL Advisor and Teacher, Brodhead Middle School; and Lisa Semrow, Brodhead Middle School Principal, visited the American Family Children’s Hospital as part of Youth Service Day. They donated several boxes of children’s books to the Inpatient Reading Library and Reach Out and Read, along with toys and games to the hospital. Two school employees, Jim and Deb Huffman, made the collection of books possible. They organized a food stand, with proceeds going to purchase toys and games for the hospital. The inspiration for the books came from a former patient, Malachi Marquette. He remembered the books he borrowed from the in-hospital book carts and encouraged his teacher to ask the local community for book donations for Youth Service Day.
Abbi and Alli Hicks
Abbi and Alli Hicks, from the 8th grade class in Sauk Prairie, organized a book drive to donate books to the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects/Reach Out and Read, and the American Family Children’s Hospital. They donated over 1,000 books in honor of their cousin who is being treated for cancer at AFCH.
Sara Ranney and the Carefusion Team
CareFusion hosted a “books are fun” book fair for their employees. Employees purchased books for their family and a percentage of the sale came back to CafeFusion for purchased books to be donated directly to the UW Children’s Hospital. The company turned the profit they made into additional book purchases. Additionally, they hosted a Senior Management dunk tank back in June and the money raised ($600) was used to purchase additional books at Barnes & Noble.
Deerfield High School National Honor Society
Angela Bazan and the Deerfield High School National Honor Society conducted a book drive for the Pediatric Early Literacy projects and Reach Out and Read, yielding several 100 books for the program. The donation of books will benefit the waiting rooms at various UW Health clinics in the Madison area, and will become a part of the red carts located throughout American Family Children’s Hospital.
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
Nate Heimler and staff from the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau conducted a Chili Cook-off contest and book drive at their workplace. Nearly 82 members of their staff participated and raised enough money to purchase nearly 125 new books for the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects/Reach Out and Read clinics. In addition to the money raised, they collected and donated several boxes of books for the Reach Out and Read clinic waiting rooms and red carts.