It was an early morning, but I had a lot of fun out at the Michigan State University Primary Care Clinic. I went on the day for final touches to the newly decorated waiting room.
Volunteers were in helping from many different organizations, but because this story was going to air on our show InnerView, I didn’t want to talk to anyone on camera who would also be on the show at a later date. Members from the Michigan Education Association came out to help with decorating and establishing a program called Reach Out and Read.
Basically, the idea was for children to be able to come into the doctor’s office, pick up a book, read it in the waiting room with their parents, and be able to take the book back home with them.
There were hundreds of books donated on this first day for this program and children, as soon as they came in to the waiting room, were picking them up and taking them over to their parents.
I just think this is a really great idea. I remember when I was a kid and reading was my favorite thing to do. I would have loved to have a program like this, set up in my doctor’s office.