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Bradford Regional Medical Center and Bradford Area School District Partnering to Sponsor Raising Readers

Posted on: 10/11/2012

Raising ReadersPhoto Attached Shown L to R Back Row: Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO, BRMC, Katy Pude, BASD, David Kobis, COO, BRMC, Paula Platko, CNO, BRMC, and Anil G. Pradhan, MD. Front Row: Natalie Brown and daughter Mia receive the very first book from the Raising Readers program at BRMC.



BRADFORD, PABradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has partnered with the Bradford Area School District (BASD) to implement a new and exciting “Raising Readers” program.


Raising Readers is an ambitious effort to foster a love of reading, improve literacy among young children, and ultimately, improve the health and educational outcomes of children. Every child born at the hospital and also seen annually for well-child visits up to age five will get a free age appropriate book. Parents will be encouraged to read to their child to assist in developing reading and literacy skills. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial developmental advantage over children who are not.


The School District, through a Federal Grant, is providing funding to BRMC to purchase the books. The State of Pennsylvania has received the “Striving Readers Discretionary Grant” to improve literacy outcomes from birth through grade 12. The State of Pennsylvania received a total of $38 million.


“We are so pleased to partner with the Bradford Area School District to provide the ‘Raising Readers’ program to our youngest patients. Research clearly demonstrates a strong connection between parents reading to their children at a very early age, improved literacy, educational development and success,” said David Kobis, COO, Bradford Regional Medical Center.

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