MANSFIELD—Representatives from the Raven A. Fecunda’s Sunflowers of Destiny Foundation recently presented Methodist Mansfield Medical Center with a donation of 200 books.
“We are very blessed to have this large donation of books from the Raven A. Fecunda’s Sunflowers of Destiny Foundation. We are thrilled to plant a love for reading in the minds of the area’s youngest residents.” Said Angel Biasatti, Director of Community and Public Relations for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
The Read to Me program includes the whole family in welcoming a newborn and encouraging parents to read to their children.
Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Club, and Methodist Mansfield Medical Center help boost literacy education through the Read to Me infant book program.
Newborns at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center will receive a free colorful book for reading aloud, presented in a fashionable carrying bag. Methodist Mansfield hopes the books will foster a life-long love for reading and promote the importance of reading together.
“Reading to children is a great and easy way to build early literacy skills,” says President of Methodist Mansfield John Phillips, FACHE. “It lays the foundation for communication; builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills; and introduces numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way.”
The Benefits Of Reading To Baby
Reading aloud to children is easy, fun, and a great way to build early literacy skills. It teaches a baby about communication, builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills, and introduces numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way.
Research shows that the more children hear stories aloud, the more likely they are to have improved language and speaking skills. By age 2, babies whose parents frequently talk and read to them know more words than their counterparts.
Reading also encourages babies to look, point and touch. When children hear parents using many different emotions and expressive sounds, it promotes social and emotional development. And language skills improve when babies imitate sounds, recognize images, and learn words.
But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the parent and child.
Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning.
The Sunflower Story
The Raven A. Fecunda’s Sunflowers of Destiny Foundation began with a vision from Raven herself. She was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma cancer, Favor Extraskeletal Myxoid Chondrosarcoma. Raven battled cancer for two years.
She was called the ‘sunflower princess.’ Her radiant personality and smile was infectious. The sunflower is the only flower that stands erect to face the sun no matter the conditions.
For that reason she chose the sunflower as her logo.
After surviving many surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy treatments and lengthy hospital stays, Raven passed on June 6, 2015 at the age of 22.