Four Duke student-athletes spent time at the Duke Children’s Primary Care clinic at Roxboro participating in the Reach Out and Read Program. Allison Florian (Softball), Bella Miller (Rowing), Chalena Scholl (Women’s Tennis), and Jaida Lemmons (Track and Field) spent their afternoon reading with families as an extension of the Read with the Blue Devils program.
The four student-athletes spent time bonding with the children and families. They got to know the families through sharing their stories of why they choose Duke, and learning more about the families and why they have to visit the facility. The families definitively left an impression on the Duke student-athletes. Freshman softball player, Allison Florian, reflects on her time at the Duke Children’s Primary Care clinic, “Being able to listen and talk with those kids and see them smile despite the things they have gone through and are going through was such a heartwarming and amazing experience.”
The Reach Out and Read Program was founded in the 1980’s in order to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in pediatric patients aged six months to five years. Patients at the Duke Primary Care clinic are allowed to choose from books donated to the facility to add to their library at home. Donations of new and gently used children’s books are accepted at the Duke Children’s Primary Care clinic located in the Duke Health Center at Roxboro Street, at 4020 North Roxboro Street, Durham.
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