RORRI
Vol. 5, Issue 2
June, 2015
In This Issue
From the Executive Director
Welcome, Summer! We've been waiting patiently for you to arrive. As much as I love winter sports (and reading by a cozy fire), I'm excited to dust off my beach chair this year! But the snow and cold didn't slow us down here at Reach Out and Read RI-we've been busy and we have a lot to show for it. We hope you enjoy perusing the many photos in this issue. Nothing says it better than a picture.

Thank you to all who celebrated our "Sweet 16" with us at the Providence Art Club last month. It was a smashing success. A highlight of the event was the premiere of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's 2015 video. We are proud of this production and hope you'll take a moment to watch it (see below) and be inspired.

We were also thrilled to honor all of our deserving award recipients at the Sweet 16 celebration (click on the links below to read honoree profiles):

* 2015 Prescribe A Book Award - Bonnie Reibman, MD of East Greenwich Pediatrics
* 2015 Prescribe A Book Award - Gregory Fox, MD of Pediatric Associates
* Community Partnership Award - Curt Columbus of Trinity Repertory Company
* Founders Award - Pam High, MD of Hasbro Children's Hospital

Our expansion efforts are continuing in full force with Riverside Pediatrics becoming our newest site and several other new projects and collaborations in the pipeline. Stay tuned for updates as we continue our efforts to reach more Rhode Island children than ever before.

My mother used to say, "you're dumber in the summer." And it turns out she was right. Summer learning loss is a very real problem with school age children. So encourage your children to read all summer long, and model good behavior by reading yourself-while sitting in that beach chair.

Susanna
RORRI Celebrates Sweet "16"
at the Providence Art Club
May 7, 2015

Eileen Craddock and J. Winslow Alford, MD
Courtney Chase with Rachelle Green & John Celeste of Duffy Sweeney, LTD
Prescribe A Book Award Winner Bonnie Reibman, MD with RORRI Program Coordinator Kitty Douglas
RORRI Board Member Steve DeToy with Sarah Fessler, MD & David Bourassa, MD
RORRI Releases 2015 Video

We're thrilled to share with you the Reach Out and Read Rhode Island 2015 video! It's a wonderful behind the scenes look at what happens in the offices of our amazing partners - Rhode Island pediatricians who practice the Reach Out and Read program. Please take a moment to watch and be inspired.

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island 2015 Video

RORRI providers Dr. Miguel Fuentes and Dr. Teresa Jeraldo of Santiago Medical Group

We recently welcomed the  Santiago Medical Group as a new site and we' re lucky to count  Miguel Fuentes, MD and Teresa Jeraldo, MD as our newest literacy partners. Dr. Fuentes and Dr Jeraldo started  Santiago Medical Group  in 2003. They named the practice after the city Santiago, in their country of origin, Chile! Starting their practice in North Providence, they soon expanded to Pawtucket. Husband and wife, they have always worked together, and together raised two boys, Pablo and Andres. They're excited to be practicing Reach Out and Read and are anxious to share books and the importance of reading aloud with parents and young patients.

Santiago Medical Group serves a diverse and multicultural population, with many families of Hispanic background. Both doctors are committed to early childhood literacy. "The kids are just not getting enough literacy promotion these days, at an early enough age," says Dr. Fuentes. "Then when you add in electronic devices, kids are just not reading, or being read to. We hope to introduce books into their lives early, so we can create lifelong readers." Thank you, Santiago Medical Group, for joining RORRI, and sharing your enthusiasm for books and your commitment to your littlest patients! When asked what their favorite Reach Out and Read book was it was an easy answer - The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
Dr. Jeraldo & Dr. Fuentes
Dr. Jeraldo, staff & a lucky little patient!
The Book Nook
By Bill Hollinshead, MD

Bill Hollinshead is a long-time Reach Out and Read Rhode Island board member as well as Vice Chairperson of the Rhode Island Kids Count Board of Directors and Past President of the Rhode Island Academy of Pediatrics. He is one of the state's most trusted policy experts in the field of pediatrics and early literacy and to us at RORRI, he is an invaluable thinker, collaborator, historian, adviser and advocate! We are incredibly grateful for his constant support and guidance. Thank you Bill for all you do, both for our organization and for the parents and children of our state!

GUYS READING, or Boys Who Do Books
My father and I just after his return from WWII

Face it...Skin to Skin, Breast is Best...much of infant bonding tilts toward mom, more than dad. Our mothers and grandmothers gave and got more hugs in earlier times, too.

Reading helped balance that in our family. In the face of biological and cultural closeness to mother, books were mostly a guy thing, and we have the pix to show it. Dad's reading even gave mom a bit of time for herself. 

Reading to my kids - 1986
I certainly don't want to tilt RORRI away from women's roles. Moms read well and often too, and Dr. High famously read Goodnight Moon to a huge hall of pediatricians and pols. But we can make the case that men should r ead out stories, thoughts, and feelings that kids might never experience otherwise. 

I believe our family habit of dads' reading made a difference over generations. My grandfather seldom expressed emotions, but he read them well. My father read all our stories, and several of us became lit majors, despite various dyslexias. I've been reading Seuss and C.S.Lewis and Arthur Ransome since early years and our kids and grandkids turn pages as often as they swipe screens. 

I've included some family album shots of us guys reading...my father and I just after his return from WWII, of me with our kids ~1986, a nd grand-kids ~2012, of Ric and Tate this month, and of our oldest grandson reading to his great-grandparents. In each, family feelings are flowi ng through and to  guys with books!

Me & Grandkids - 2012
Ric & Tate - 2015
 
Grandson & Great Grandparents

Reach Out and Read RI
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Providence, RI 02906
401.331.1967
susanna@rorri.org
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