Dr. Lisa Schweiger of the Cambridge Medical Center (CMC) was chosen as the 2013 Physician Champion for the Reach Out and Read program at the CMC. She was recognized at the annual Reach Out and Read Tea held this month.
Reach Out and Read is a program that was started in 2005 and makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.
Dr. Schweiger is a true supporter of the program and loves giving every child at their well child visit a new, age appropriate book for them to take home. She may use the book as a diagnostic tool as well as enjoy the book with the child and discuss the importance of reading to your child with the parents.
Reach Out and Read provides the new books for the clinic staff to give the children. The books are bought with donations from organizations and people in the community. The committee distributes books to the clinics and also reads to pre-schoolers. More than 40,000 books have been given since 2005.
The annual complimentary tea is the only fundraiser for the non-profit program. It was held at Riverwood Village where Chris Miller, chairperson of Reach Out and Read, thanked the doctors and staff from the hospital and the supporters for their dedication to literacy.
A raffle was held and Dr. Filetti won the “Spot” themed quilt, Linda Hove won a $50 gift certificate to Scout & Morgan Books, and Dr. Malik won the children’s book basket.