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Celebrate Dr. Seuss at Methodist Mansfield

Martha Reid Leadership Academy will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday this Friday by helping boost children’s literacy through a book drive for the Read to Me infant book program. The event will take place this Friday, March 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Methodist Mansfield Women’s Center entrance. The community is asked to drive-by and donate a new baby book for first time families at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center that can be read and shared with siblings. The book drive hopes to raise the number of children who become capable and lifelong readers. Each baby born at Methodist Mansfield receives a new children’s book that encourages early literacy skills. “Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years, and it’s an important form of stimulation,” says John Phillips, FACHE, president of Methodist Mansfield. “Research shows that the more children hear stories read aloud and the more words and sounds a child is exposed to, the more enhanced their ability for language and speaking will be. Parents who read to their children foster social and emotional development.” Language skills improve when babies imitate sounds, recognize images, and learn words, but by far the most important reason to read aloud is to make a connection between parent and child. Reading to children is a great and easy way to build early literacy skills and lays the foundation for communication; builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills; and introduces numbers, letters, colors and shapes in a fun way.

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