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J.M. Smucker Company to donate $500,000 to support Akron Children’s Hospital literacy program

February 14, 2019

J.M. Smucker Company to donate $500,000 to support Akron Children’s Hospital literacy program

AKRON, Ohio – The J.M. Smucker Company announced Thursday it will donate $500,000 to support Akron Children’s Hospital’s Reach Out and Read program over the next five years.

The hospital started the program in 2003 as a way to boost literacy among its youngest patients by incorporating books into doctor’s visits and encouraging families to read aloud together. The hospital offers the program at each of its 28 pediatric-care locations. As part of the program, children ages 6 months to 5 years receive a free book each year during their annual check-up.

Last year, more than 60,000 books were given to children. The gift will allow the hospital to buy more books and continue the program.

“We’re so grateful to the J.M. Smucker Company for its generous support of our Reach Out and Read program for the next five years,” said Akron Children’s President and CEO Grace Wakulchik in a news release. “We know that this early intervention is crucial in preparing our children for success in school and beyond.”

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