When second-graders in public school districts served by BJC HealthCare pack up their desks at the end of the school year, they will have a brand new book to take home to encourage their summer reading.
The BJC Book Brigade provides more than 26,000 books to rising third-graders in over 300 public and charter schools in 63 districts throughout the communities served by BJC hospitals including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Columbia, Sullivan and Farmington in Missouri; and Alton, Belleville and Shiloh, Ill. The program, now in its fourth year, is a BJC community outreach effort in recognition of the correlation between education and higher income, better health and longer life expectancy.
As part of the program, Trish Lollo, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital president, visited Parkway’s Ross Elementary on May 9 to read to area second graders and help give out books. The opportunity to spend time with the young students is a bright spot in her day.
“I look forward to this experience every year! Reading to children at their school and watching how excited they are when they receive a new book is a great way to start the day,” Lollo said. “It’s wonderful to experience how BJC is giving back to the community we serve.”