Let's help local program trying to promote reading
While I was heartened to see The News article "Book bus driven by literacy" in the Sept. 5 edition of the paper, it also saddens me to know we have a local book source here in Buffalo that is providing the same opportunity to kids, yet struggles for donations and funding.
The program is "Reach out and Read." It is a national program that runs out of Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center on Lawn Avenue. Like many not-for-profit organizations, its funding has been slashed to the point of non-existence. The group relies on donations and support from local groups like the Lions Clubs, Rotary, etc., as well as personal donations.
I happen to know that the local regional coordinator for "Reach out and Read" volunteers and receives no salary for her time and effort. She does this in addition to her full-time job as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Why? Because she believes every child should have books, no matter what his or her socio-economic background. This wonderful program is just inches away from dissolving. How can we let this happen? After all, isn't reading fundamental?
Karen A. Kirst