Christiana Care was host to 100 Men Reading on Nov. 6, an annual event in which men from the community and local organizations visit schools to read to children and give out books.
Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACP, physician-in-chief, Christiana Care Wilmington, and associate chief medical officer, welcomed the volunteers and speakers, including Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams. This year’s event included 102 volunteers reading in 96 classrooms, spanning all three Delaware counties. New partners included Delaware State University and Red Clay School District.
Robin Lichtenfels of United Way of Delaware read to students at First State School at Wilmington Hospital.
“The reading was about Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Coleen M. O’Connor, MS, NCC, LPCMH, program coordinator at First State School. “The students really enjoyed listening.”
The 100 Men Reading Program is the brainchild of 10-year-old Imani Henry, a Reading Assist Institute alumna who wanted to promote reading and literacy development to young children in Delaware. Imani co-authored a Macy’s Reading is Fundamental (RIF) grant with the vision of having 100 men go into classrooms to read to children in preschool through 3rd grade.