‘Rock and Read’ program promotes literacy

Published 10:16 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It is the goal of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital to place three baby board books and fliers containing information about literacy in the hands of all new parents in the Black Belt Region through the HealthStart Maternity Care Program.

The care coordinators of this program work with young, inexperienced mothers to increase their knowledge about baby care and other vital information.

The money for this program is provided through a $2,450 literacy grant received from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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The University of West Alabama chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will partner with UWA’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) to purchase and prepare the books for delivery to the HealthStart Maternity Care Program which serves rural areas where there are households that have few or no books.

The students will place a copy of the literacy information in a tote bag, along with three baby board books.