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Congressman Owens reads to children at ECH Health Center

Congressman Bill Owens reads to children from Gay's Daycare at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Health Center to promote the Reach Out and Read program at the facility.

Congressman Bill Owens reads to children from Gay's Daycare at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Health Center to promote the Reach Out and Read program at the facility. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— ELIZABETHTOWN — Children from Gay’s Daycare went to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Health Center Aug. 26, but not for a check up.

Instead they were there to listen to Congressman Bill Owens, who read to the children as part of the Reach Out and Read Program, started two months ago through Dr. Michael Celotti and Physician Assistant Mary Buehler-Brandt and a $2,000 grant from the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

“I learned about this program at the Watertown Children’s Clinic,” Owens said. “I have read with children at a couple of different places, and I think that reading is such a critical skill and the earlier that you can start reading with your children and get them reading, the better base they will have.”

Owens said he can remember reading to his kids at night from the time they were a year old and up.

“In fact, I have some of those books committed to memory,” he joked.

Read more in the Sept. 3 edition of the Valley News.

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