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WVU Medicine Children’s, PBS team up for reading event

Patients were invited to the Hostetler Family Resource Center at WVU Medicine Children’s to read a book with School Intervention Specialist Courtney Cook and therapy dog Atlas, as part of Read Across America Week.

PBS character “Super Why” was also in attendance.

Patients who were able came to read as a group, but since some of patients are unable to leave their rooms, the characters and Miss Courtney visited each room to say hello and pass out books.

The event was made possible because of EQT, which funds the Inquire Within PBS partnership.

Each quarter, the hospital tries to do a reading-related event or activity with its patients.

“We are incredibly grateful for our friends at EQT who have funded the Inquire Within PBS partnership,” said Marisa Sayre, executive director of development, marketing and communications for WVU Medicine Children’s. “Because of EQT’s generosity we can expose our patients to educational activities during their hospital stay.

“Our school intervention specialist is a West Virginia board certified teacher. Her mission is to ensure our patients stay on track with their academics during their hospital stay. She also supports our extended stay patients as they transition back to life outside of the hospital.”