Reading With A ROAR

George Humphrey
March 1, 2001


Community leaders will read to toddlers waiting for their appointments at UMC and help introduce and celebrate the beginning of the Reach Out and Read program - otherwise known as "ROAR."

ROAR is run by pediatricians at the UA Department of Pediatrics and Steele Memorial Children's Research Center and housed in the UMC Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. Its message is delivered in three parts.

First, when parents bring their children to the clinic waiting room, volunteers read to the children and demonstrate reading-aloud techniques to the parents. Second, during the medical visit, a pediatrician or nurse practitioner will tell parents the importance of reading and emphasize the long-term benefits for their children. At the end of the visit, every child between 6 months and 5 years old is given a new book to take home. The readers are scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 5,

10 a.m. - Eugene Edgerson, Justin Wessel, UA Men's Basketball

11 a.m. Elizabeth Pickney and La Keisha Taylor and assistant coach Curtis Loyd, UA Women's Basketball

Tuesday, March 6

10 a.m. Vicki Began, R.N., director of UMC Women's and Children's Services

11 a.m. Dave Sitton, UA rugby coach and local broadcaster; Michelle Mitchell, UA Women's Basketball

Wednesday, March 7

10 a.m. Michael Cohen, M.D.; Juliette Christiani and grandson Max, age 10; Karen Caires, UA Women's Basketball Assistant Coach; Denise Ianello, UA Women's Basketball Assistant Head Coach

11 a.m. Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain; Richard and Stella Schaefer, community volunteers

Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m.
Maxine Henig, Arizona Health Sciences Center Board; Barbara Peck, Tucson Woman of the Year; Michael Chihak, editor and publisher, Tucson Citizen

Friday, March 9, 10 a.m.
Judy Redekop, community volunteer; Dyan Pignatelli, wife of Tucson Electric Power CEO Jim Pignatelli; Andrew Greenhill, chief of staff for Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup

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