Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m., Friday, March 1st in the Children’s Hospital Atrium; tickets are $5 and includes eggs, ham and pancakes Other activities will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. in the Atrium; activities include book reading by volunteers, coloring/painting/crafts for children, etc.
BACKGROUND ON THE PROGRAM:
Reach Out and Read Oklahoma programs seek to make early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary care. Pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and give books to their patients to take home at all pediatric well-child examinations from six months to five years of age. Parents learn that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children to love books and to start school ready to learn and succeed. More about the organization can be found at www.reachoutandreadok.org
The NICU at Children’s Hospital has a follow-up clinic for NICU graduates. Recently, an interest developed in providing Reach Out and Read books and education to parents and children who attend the follow-up visit. As part of their longitudinal advocacy project, a group of OUHSC Pediatric Residents are helping to create a Reach Out and Read program in the NICU clinic. To jumpstart the program, the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast is planned for March 1st. The hope is to raise funds to not only provide books for the clinic but to also start a sustainable fund through an an annual tradition of sharing Green Eggs and Ham with the OUHSC campus.