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Reach Out and Read
  • Since 1996, the Department of Communication has worked in partnership with Children’s Hospital to promote Reach Out and Read, a pediatric literacy program. “Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization that,” according to, promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.” Capital students support this program by volunteering their time at two local “Close To Home” clinics, Whitehall and Near East. Volunteers sit in the waiting rooms and interact with its younger patients. Capital volunteers play with the children, engage them in educational activities, read to them, listen to them read, or do whatever else that they think will keep the children happy, calm, and intellectually stimulated.

    Students who register for COMM 100/300 Reach Out and Read can earn academic credit for serving as a volunteer reader at Children’s Hospital.

    If you are interested in learning more about Reach Out and Read, contact Dr. Sharon Croft (236-6338 or