Last year, Skyline’s Community Service Club contacted the head of the University of Michigan’s Reach Out and Read program to express interest in adding to the program and organizing a book drive within Skyline, which would benefit the university’s program. Throughout the third trimester of the 2014-2015 school year, Skyline students and their families brought in used books and dropped them off in various boxes stationed around the school. Such a large amount of books was donated that the main office had to contact the club’s leaders and notify them that their boxes were overflowing. The project continued until the end of the school year, and all of the books were counted only this year. The supportive community of Skyline was able to donate over 400 books. The second time Skyline’s Community Service Club contacted the Reach Out and Read program was to let them know of their success, and on Friday, November 13th, members of the program from the University of Michigan arrived at Skyline to pick up the books. Look for an image on the Reach Out and Read website of Skyline students with their cart full of book donations!

The Reach Out and Reach program benefits children visiting their doctor, or tagging along as a family has an appointment. It is part of an initiative to include reading in the image of a healthy childhood and lifestyle. All fourteen studies that were conducted showed that children served by this program have larger vocabularies, read more often, and develop stronger early reading skills. Each year, Reach Out and Read is consistently recognized for effectiveness, social impact, and fiscal responsibility.

See even more information about this program at: http://www.med.umich.edu/reachoutandread/