Literacy for Little Ones Expands Message of Family Reading to Ministry Saint Clare's in Weston
After more than two-years of providing resources to encourage parents to read to their newborns after delivery at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, Rachel Ley of Stevens Point is expanding her Literacy for Little One’s program to benefit families in the Weston/Wausau area.
Ley started Literacy for Little One’s in April of 2009 after receiving a Disney Minnie/Youth Service America Grant.
Since then, hundreds of books have found their way to area families and now as the result of additional support from generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light Institute sponsored by the Hasbro Children’s Fund, families with newborns at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston will receive a book package from the program.
As a part of the latest grant from generationOn, students from Mosinee High School helped Ley put together her latest package of materials and the first book was delivered at Ministry Saint Clare’s on Thursday, October 20.
Felicia and Matthew Long of Wausau were the first recipients of Literacy for Little One’s in Weston after celebrating the birth of son Logan William.
“This is an exciting project to bring to families who deliver at Ministry Saint Clare’s,” said Annette Scott-Chadwell, interim director of the family birth center. “We are grateful for Rachel’s efforts and are thrilled to provide this opportunity to expand her program to another location in the Ministry Health Care system.”
Ley was selected as one of generationOn’s 10 extraordinary youth from around the country to form a first-ever National Youth Advisory Council and being named Youth Leader for Literacy by the National Education Association (NEA). As part of the Council, young service leaders will help to develop and execute generationOn's key initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for the power of all kids to make their mark on the world.
Rachel Ley and the Long family along with staff members of the Ministry Saint Clare’s Family Birth Center