Most educators will tell you it’s never too early to start reading with our children. Some Tongue River Elementary School students have taken that to heart. Each year the second grade class raises money to purchase books that are given to babies born at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. The “Books for Babies” program has become quite popular.
This year the second graders spent over $200 to purchase 38 books for the hospital. The students brought the books to the hospital on Wednesday. While they were there, students toured the emergency department and even got to look in an ambulance.
Students made their own envelopes to keep the books in and traditionally present books to babies in the nursery. However, this year the hospital didn’t have a baby at the hospital.
The books will be presented to the new parents as a way of encouraging reading to their newborn even while they’re still in the hospital.