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SSM Monroe provided over 5k books to local youth in ’21
Sarah Kluck, Primary Care Medical Assistant, and Marissa Eaton, Pediatrics Registered Nurse, holding a variety of Reach Out & Read books.

MONROE — To foster a lifelong love of reading, SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group is providing free books to pediatric patients. 

The Reach Out & Read Program encourages families to celebrate literacy as part of healthy childhood development. Through this initiative, children receive a free book at each of their well-child visits, from age 6 months through 5 years. Books vary depending on age and are selected based on stages of development. 

In 2021, a total of 5,174 books were given out at SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group. This included 164 in Brodhead, 48 in Durand, 489 in Primary Care, 12 in Albany, 1,010 in Freeport, 466 in Lena, 349 in New Glarus and 2,636 in Pediatrics. 

This program is possible through sponsorship of the Monroe Clinic & Hospital Foundation, a member of SSM Health. 

“By giving our patients these books, we are helping to create a special opportunity for them to bond with their families and share all the benefits of reading together,” said Jane Sybers, Monroe Clinic & Hospital Foundation Executive Director. “It is moving to provide resources and partner with local organizations to fund the books for our littlest patients to receive.” 

A special thank you goes out to the Monroe Optimists, Monroe Kiwanis and Monroe Lions Club for assisting with funding the Reach Out & Read program.