Rep. Alcee Hastings Gives Back With ‘Reach Out and Read’

Rep. Alcee Hastings Gives Back With ‘Reach Out and Read’


Reading is not only fundamental, but it should be taught early and often, according to a South Florida volunteer literacy project.

Last week, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fl.) took some time from his Congressional recess to participate in the Reach Out and Read event in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The event took place at Pediatric Associates, a local medical office, in an effort to encourage reading readiness and literacy in a kid-friendly environment. Hastings served as a guest reader that morning for the children and their parents visiting the office.

“A quality education begins at home, which is why it is also important to involve parents in their children’s education and for our schools and policy makers to make use of them as the indispensable resources that they are,” said Hastings in a statement on his website. Education is one of the major issues he represents his constituents on in Congress.

Reach Out and Read serves nearly four million families every year by preparing children for kindergarten and increasing their vocabulary and language skills. Pediatricians are trained to speak with parents about the benefits of reading to their children. They also distribute books to all kids ages six months to five years old. Volunteers then read to children in some of the offices so parents see how to interact with children during the process of reading aloud.

Congressman Hastings, a House Rules Committee member and former judge, is currently serving his ninth term in Congress.