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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Reach Out and Read honored by UNESCO

Boston-based Reach Out and Read, which promotes reading among low-income children, was awarded a literacy prize from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) -- one of only five awarded worldwide.

The group, which hands out free books to children when they visit the doctor, was founded in 1989 by Dr. Barry Zuckerman and Dr. Robert Needleman at what was then Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). The goal is to encourage parents to read to their children and prepare low-income children for school.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:25 AM
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