Thankful Thursday: Laura Cutler and the VMC Foundation

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my former boss.

“I have a ton of books that I would love to give to you. If you could come by and pick them up that would be fabulous.  If not, I can definitely get them to you another way.”

-Laura Cutler

I was so excited to get more resources for corps members to use during tutoring sessions and to give to students for use at home with their families.

Laura Cutler, who served as a Corps Member here from 2003 to 2004 and as a Program Manager from 2009 to 2011, never stops thinking about what’s best for our students and community.

Program Manager Laura Cutler teaches students during the World Culture Fair

“Some of them are old books that were donated to us that aren’t in perfect shape, but they are books that should be in the hands of kids instead of in my storage room,” she wrote.

Cutler is now Program Manager for the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation, where she oversees the Reach Out and Read program.

The Reach Out and Read initiative works to make literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric health care.  At every well-child check-up for over 26,000 kids each year, doctors advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and give each child a new book to take home and read.

Through this program physicians distribute over 32,000 free books in Santa Clara County each year.  Another 500 books are made available to family members in clinic waiting rooms where volunteers often read books in order to model techniques for parents.

For more information about the program, check out their website here.

Thank you Laura and the VMC Foundation for donating books to our site and for helping us build a culture of literacy in San José. We appreciate you.

-Amanda Liles, Literacy Project Leader and Social Media Manager CYSJ


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