Health center wins award
November 1, 2013 1:22PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:09AM
The Will County Community Health Center has won the 2013 Richard Robinson Award, a national literacy award, according to a news release from the center.
The award, presented since 2002, recognizes pediatric doctors and other health care professionals who promote early literacy and provide medical leadership, the release said. The award is named in honor of the president and CEO of Scholastic, which is Reach Out and Read’s longest-standing corporate supporter.
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide. The program gives new storybooks and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to young children.
The Will County Community Health Center has given more than 61,250 new books to children during well-check visits, the release said. The Will County program is the first and only Illinois early literacy project to receive the Richard Robinson Award, according to the release.
For more information on the Will County Community Health Center, call 815-727-8670.