Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 4, 2017
April 4, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #14

Reach Out and Read Month - April 2017


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Board of County Commissioners

Action Requested
Adopt Proclamation designating April 2017 as "Reach Out and Read Month" in Manatee County, Florida.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion
  • Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization with over 28 years of experience in giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
  • Reach Out and Read provides parents with books appropriate for children from six months to five years old, placing a special emphasis on economically disenfranchised children.
  • Reach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, building upon the relationship between parents and health care providers to ensure that children are instilled with a love of reading as well as a home library of their own.
  • Manatee Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, and United Way of Manatee County have provided funding to bring Reach Out and Read to Manatee County through the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Reach Out and Read Proclamation.pdf