Cypress Creek EMS is proud to have participated in H-E-B’s statewide Read-In for Children at the H-E-B at 7310 Louetta at Steubner Airline. Medic Amber Reese read to a group of children from Kids R Kids Champions and then gave them a tour of her ambulance. Check out the adorable pictures and video.
The same thing was happening at the same time at H-E-B Stores all across Texas in honor of the fifth anniversary of H-E-B’s Read 3 Program, as first responders and community leaders took time out to read a book to kids.
Read 3 promotes reading to children at least three time a week to help develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school. Sadly, not all children have books in their homes, so H‑E‑B has donated nearly 3 million books to children in need since 2011.
According to H-E-B’s Read 3 webpage:
- Texas has one of the country’s highest rates of children under the age of five not read to regularly – an unacceptable 26% of kids!
- Since 80% of a person’s vocabulary is developed by age five, young children who are not read to regularly are not exposed to as many words as other children and start school behind their peers.
- The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. (National Commission on Reading, 1985)
For more information on the Read 3 program including details on how you can help click here.