Heartwarming Donation: Bookshelves of Generosity

Every one of us has a life story. This chapter of 16-year-old James McBride’s life is called giving back.

The Blue Valley Northwest sophomore wanted to make his mark at the Reach Out and Read Kansas City office and 16 partner pediatric clinic sites by creating branded bookshelves for his Eagle Scout project. This Reach Out and Read Kansas City specific bookshelf will be the staple of each pediatric clinic as a focal point for families and medical providers alike for shelving books, promotional materials and other educational resources. “The most rewarding part about making the bookshelves was realizing how important they will be for the clinics, as now they can display the books the children will receive at their well-child visits,” said James. “I chose Reach Out and Read Kansas City as my recipient because I’m passionate about reading and it pains me to think that a child will grow up without access to a book as my favorite growing up was ‘Goodnight Moon’.”

As each pediatric clinic is uniquely different, the red Reach Out and Read Kansas City bookshelf will be a universal symbol of our program’s mission of incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. James’ bookshelf will have a lasting impression on the Reach Out and Read Kansas City supporters and pediatric providers/patients they serve. 

James’ goal is become an Eagle Scout by February and his family and friends also donated 70 brand new books! A big thank you to James for thinking of our program and demonstrating the true meaning of #ReadTogetherKC!

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