Julia Bauman and Lila Garfield
Julia Bauman and Lila Garfield's Fundraiser
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Let's raise funds to provide childrens books for clinics across the state

Help Reach Out and Read serve more pediatric patients in Illinois!

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

$2,695 towards $3,000

Join us, Julia Bauman and Lila Garfield, cousins and Reach Out and Read Teen Board members, to put more books in the hands of children and families across Illinois.

Reach Out and Read Illinois uses the power of the relationship between pediatricians and families to promote language, literacy and loving interactions for children in under-resourced communities.

Studies show that it works! When clinics give out books and advice to families coming in for check ups as part of Reach Out and Read, parents are more likely to read with their children and children's language skills are up to 6 months more advanced. We also know that Reach Out and Read increases the number of families coming in for check ups, and it even boosts clinic morale!

All the money we raise supports Reach Out and Read Illinois, but we are additionally supporting Erie Family Health, a fantastic network of clinics in Chicago, Evanston, and Waukegan. If our team raises the MOST MONEY, Erie will win a $2,000 gift certificate from All About Books! If our team has the MOST DONORS, the clinic will get a $1,000 gift card. (If we don't win, don't worry, this clinic will still receive some books - but we really think we have a chance here!)

We asked Lila's mom and Julia's aunt, Aimee Crow, a pediatrician and ROR board member to describe Erie and she said, "Erie is amazing. Their clinics strive for equity by providing the best possible medical care to under-resourced communities. Each time a pediatric patient comes to Erie for a check-up between 6 months and 5 years of age, they get a new, age appropriate book to build their home libraries. Sometimes a parent or child would walk in and ask for their book before I could even offer one! Unfortunately, sometimes we ran out of books. This fundraiser could really help!"

Just a small donation will go a long way to helping us meet our goal for Reach Out & Read Illinois. For example, $5 buys a book, and $50 buys books for one child at all their check ups! Thanks for considering this great cause.