Charlie Brown and friends celebrate ‘Reach Out and Read’

Penni Herget and Karin Barfknecht show the quilt they created for Reach Out and Read.

Penni Herget and Karin Barfknecht show the quilt they created for Reach Out and Read.

“Charlie Brown and Friends” is the theme for this year’s annual complimentary tea sponsored by the Reach Out and Read program at the Cambridge Medical Center.

The purpose of this program is to celebrate literacy and to promote it in our community.

The physicians and staff have been trained in the importance of early literacy and give a new book to every child at his/her well-child visit from six months to five years of age.

The book is age appropriate and is provided by the Reach Out and Read program. The program is funded by donations and grants.

The Reach Out and Read committee is coordinated by Chris Miller and consists of 12 volunteer members.

This committee keeps the book bins filled in the doctor’s offices, monitors the book baskets in the waiting rooms, reads to preschoolers, and supports the importance of early literacy.

Everyone is invited to celebrate literacy at the fun-filled tea. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Riverwood Village.

Raffle tickets are now being sold and the first prize is a “Charlie Brown and Friends” quilt created by local quilters Penni Hergert and Karin Barfknecht.

The second prize is a children’s book basket library, and the third prize is a $50 gift certificate from Scout and Morgan Books. Many other prizes will be available at the tea.

The tea will feature Jayne Hanson, local teacher and author, who will share ideas about literacy and Literacy Champions will be announced. Food and beverages and a gift complete the fun.

Community members can help promote literacy in our community by buying a raffle ticket ($5 or 3/$10) at Scout and Morgan Books or from a Reach Out and Read committee members at the tea.

You need not be present to win. Call 763-688-9393 for more information.

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