Readers Say Thanks
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The family of Oliver Diemoz would like to thank the longtime community of friends and caregivers.
Words cannot express our gratitude shown to our family.
Whether it was a phone call, just stopping by, flowers, the generosity of food brought in, the love and kindness will always remain in our hearts.
For five days in February, “Read With Me” week brought together numerous local organizations to raise awareness of the critical importance of books in the lives of children under the age of 6.
Parents were encouraged to visit local libraries from Parachute to Basalt for scheduled story times, and children were challenged to track their read-aloud time at home. As a result, local parents reported a cumulative total of 3,810 books read during the five-day period.
To close the week, Garfield County DHS Childcare Program spearheaded an effort that resulted in a “Read To Me” story hour with more than 60 volunteers reading stories simultaneously in local classrooms.
Sharing books with young children in the years before kindergarten can have a profound impact on their language and brain development, their readiness for school, and their long-term commitment to learning. Quite literally, books build brains.
We are delighted by the success of this first-time local event that brought together numerous organizations including Raising A Reader, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Garfield County DHS Childcare Program, Betsy’s Barefoot Books, Garfield County Regional Library District, Basalt Regional Library and Early Childhood Network.
Additional sponsors included Pediatric Partners, Glenwood Medical Associates, Copy Copy, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Walmart, illustrator Jason Love and Target. The Post Independent covered the event with a story on Feb. 11.
Ensuring that our children have a fair chance at success is paramount to the future of our community, nation and the world. As one of our participating parents noted, “These are precious moments we spend reading to our children. I know they gain so much out of these daily experiences.”
Thank you to all who supported our first annual “Read With Me” week. Let’s continue to engage our children, and together we will watch them thrive.
Raising A Reader
and Carol Federman
Reach Out and Read Colorado
I would like to thank and commend the staff, volunteers and everyone at Grand River Hospital.
All the departments – surgery, Dr. Frank Koppach, x-ray, recovery, nurses, food prep, physical therapist, registration, finance and the laboratory – were so helpful.
And of course, thanks to my mother, Pama, and to all who have helped me over the years. Thank you!
Five years ago I broke my left hip in June 2006. Surgery to screw my hip back together failed miserably.
Last fall I approached Grand River and had a full hip replacement on Feb. 2 with great success! Thanks to the skill, caring, proficiency of staff at Grand River.
After I am healed, I can’t wait to get back to working, running, walking, swimming, climbing, etc. without any pain. Thanks to all of you and best wishes.
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