Rachel Ley of Literacy for Little Ones and Marsha Wickham, Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital Patient Care Services Manager, look on as Alyssa Imse reads to her new baby sister, Hannah, who is in the arms of her mother, Julie Imse.
Literacy for Little Ones Timeline:
February 2009: Ley one of 69 students in the world to receive a Disney Minnie/Youth Service
April 2009: First batch of books delivered to newborns at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital
October 2009: Ley receives second Disney Minnie/Youth Service America Grant
October 2010: generationOn Grant
October 2011: generationOn Grant
October 2011: Program expands to Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston
March 2011: Ley one of 10 selected nationwide to form generationOn's first ever
Youth Advisory Council
March 2011: NEA/Youth Service America Grant
August 2011: Trig's Midwestern Beverage Grant
April 2012: Disney Friends for Change and YSA Grant
August 2012: Program expands to Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital
August 2012: Ley selected to become a returning member on the generationOn National
Youth Advisory Council
8/18/2012 7:30:00 AM Literacy for Little Ones expands to Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital
Literacy for Little Ones, a program whose mission is to encourage parents to read to their newborns, has expanded to Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. The program currently donates book packages to babies born at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point and Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston.
In April 2009, after receiving a Disney Minnie/Youth Service America Grant, Rachel Ley of Stevens Point delivered the first batch of children's books to newborns at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital on behalf of a program she created called Literacy for Little Ones. In October 2011, Literacy for Little Ones expanded to Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston.
The program is entering its third year in North Central Wisconsin. Because of her outstanding leadership and commitment to philanthropy, Ley was recently selected to be a returning member for the 2012-2014 generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.
As part of the council, young service leaders will help to develop and execute generationOn's key initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for the power of all kids to make their mark on the world.
On Aug. 15, 2012 Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital Patient Care Services Manager Marsha Wickham joined Rachel in a special book delivery to new parents in the birthing center at Ministry Saint Mary's in Rhinelander in recognition of Rachel's accomplishments, and to help kick off the launch of the program's third year. The books were purchased with a $500 grant from Miley Cyrus and Youth Service America.
"We're delighted Rachel presented us with the opportunity to share the Literacy for Little Ones program with new parents in our community," Wickham said. "Together we can hopefully inspire other community leaders to give so selflessly in order to make a positive impact on the life of another."
Local schools and organizations are encouraged to donate to the literacy cause. Interested donors can email Literacy for Little Ones founder Rachel Ley at email@example.com.
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