‘Born to Read’ literacy program reaches a new milestone

December 7, 2018

FLINT, Mich. – The “Born to Read” literacy program reaches a new milestone – 1,000th newborn receives a bundle of books and developmental materials at Hurley Medical Center.

We are excited to announce baby Melody, the daughter of Joy McGee and Delon McGowan, received the 1,000th Born to Read bundle on  Dec. 7, 2018!

Joy McGee and Delon McGowan

The “Born to Read” bundle is a canvas bag containing at least two children’s books, developmental materials, and helps parents sign-up for Early On and the Imagination Library if they qualify and are interested.

Under the banner of 'Flint Kids Read,' the greater Flint community is working to expand early literacy efforts in Flint, with the goal of providing 100 percent of children in Flint with access to age-appropriate books at home and optimal kindergarten readiness.  

Diaper/book cakeDr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MSU associate professor of pediatrics and founder and director of Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, says, “It’s never too early to read, talk, and sing to kids. Books are brain food, and they help kids grow up to be smart!”

"What a wonderful milestone," said Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. "On behalf of our players, we are proud to join with Hurley Medical Center and other partners in this essential work to support the healthy development of Flint kids and their families. Congratulations to everyone involved in this program - especially all of the new moms and their kids!"

“Born to Read” is a partnership between Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) and Genesee Intermediate School District’s (GISD) Early On program, with support from the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA). Other Flint Kids Read literacy programs include the clinic-based Reach Out and Read program and Imagination Library, the monthly home delivery of books. Penguin Random House, the publisher of Dr. Mona’s book “What the Eye’s Don’t See,” has also donated 5,000 children’s book to Flint Kids Read efforts.  

Dr. Mona reads to newborn