HAGERSTOWN — There’s good news for babies born at Meritus Medical Center. Each will be given children’s books while their parents receive information about the importance of reading to their children.
Studies have shown the value to children of early exposure to literature.
For the ninth year in a row, the Books for Babies program has sponsored a “Reading to Make Cents” contest. Washington County elementary school students obtain sponsors to make pledges for every book they read during American Education Week in November.
The contest encourages students to read while encouraging reading to babies.
Four countywide winners were announced at a ceremony in January at the North Pointe location of Washington County Free Library. Prizes were awarded to the four students who raised the most money.
First prize, a flip video camera, went to MacKenzie Carter from Winter Street Elementary. Second prize, a $100 Walmart gift card, was given to Corrin Line of Rockland Woods Elementary. Ethan Yamashita of Salem Avenue Elementary received the third-place prize, a book prize package; and B’Elana Provard of Bester Elementary was awarded a $50 gift certificate from Target.
Jennifer Hardy of Winter Street Elementary received a check for $100 for a classroom library. It was awarded to the class that raised the most money. Teacher Kris Pearl accepted the check for Hardy.
Prizes were donated by Best Buy, Domino’s, Target and Walmart. Nearly $9,500 was raised.
The program is a volunteer-managed program coordinated through Washington County Free Library, Meritus Medical Center and Washington County Public Schools.