Reach Out and Read

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

"Today our focus with the reach out and read program was storm safety and we read a book called Clifford and the big storm, we had our local meteorologist come, we had our fire department come and red cross come so we could help promote storm safety with children, " says Lauren Morris, Pediatrician at Southeastern Pediatrics.

"We see the children from birth up until they leave for college and we get to them before any school ever does and so we start shortly after birth promoting literacy and providing these books starting at 6 months so that children and their parents can read together".

With recent weather disasters, storm safety is important for all ages.

"Storm safety is definitely something important for children to know, know when to be safe, how to be safe and how to get the right information," says Morris.

"It was really good for the kids to be able to get some hands on experience with these helpers, our community helpers," says Nancy Mitta, Director of the Child Development Center.

"The awareness, to see them, they hear about them but when there is actually an emergency and they have to have the fire department come to their house, its nice to have seen these people and not to be afraid and to approach them and to know that they can be helped by these people".

"They learned about what to do with severe weather, they learned about what meteorologist do, and they also got to see the firemen, they got to see the American Red Cross and the American Red Cross is something unusual, they haven't seen that, they've heard about it but they haven't actually seen it, " says Mitta.

And children took away some helpful tips.

"I learned what meteorologist are and i learned that your not suppose to go outside during thunderstorms," says Karlee Kirkland, a participant in Reach Out and Read's summer campaign activities.

"We always need to tell a parent if there's bad weather. If there's a tornado, lock your doors and go to a basement," says Kamyah Dawsey, another participant.

All helpful tips that can keep your family safe in the face of disaster.

News 4's Chris Havely was also in attendance to talk to the kids about storm safety.

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