Shircliff Society tackles literacy-building

 

Shircliff Society board members: Front: John Roberts, Kyle Crisp, Holly Crews, Mariah Verseput, Tim Forman; back: Scott Ennis, Alden Howell, William Nash, Justin Markley, Paul Grainger

Shircliff Society board members: Front: John Roberts, Kyle Crisp, Holly Crews, Mariah Verseput, Tim Forman; back: Scott Ennis, Alden Howell, William Nash, Justin Markley, Paul Grainger

 

Adhering to its mission to improve the health of individuals and communities, the Sat. Vincent’s Shircliff Society’s 2015 goal will tackle literacy with a $50,000 construction project at the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center.

The Shircliff Society Book Nook will be built on the first and second floors of St. Vincent Family Medicine Center waiting areas. With child-friendly colors, table with iPads, bookcases, the waiting areas will welcome the kids and start them early on the road to literacy.

“The Book Nook idea began as just a small corner in the waiting area,” said Justin Markley, president of Shircliff Society. The society worked with the design firm Rolland, DelValle and Bradley, who donated their time to provide a more elaborate build-out on two floors.

Shircliff Society members will raise $25,000, a portion of which will be matched by the Family Medicine Center. Markley said they hope to begin construction this year.

The Book Nook will enhance a national initiative, Reach Out and Read, which addresses the literacy needs of communities. At each wellness visit to the Family Medicine Center, children receive an age-appropriate book to take home and begin their reading education.

Click to see the plans.

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