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The Importance of the Reach Out and Read Program
Dear Governor Baker and Massachusetts elected officials,
Recently, many of us in the health care field have become aware of the budget cuts coming soon to our great state of Massachusetts. While these decisions must not be easy to make to balance our annual budget, we ask that you keep our states Reach Out and Read Program.
Reading is an important part of a child’s development, Reach Out and Read encourages children to fall in love with reading at a young age. We must teach our children that reading is a reward and not a punishment. A child that falls in love with reading now will reap those rewards later on in life, and in turn will our community and school system.
Here at East Cambridge Health Center we have a great selection of books for our little ones; it is always great to see them looking through our shelf until they find one that sparks their interest. Their smile shows how much they enjoy receiving one of our books.
We understand that tough times may be ahead budget wise, but we believe that some things are too precious to be lost, and that is a child’s imagination!
Yan de Carvalho Luz
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