Teaming Up to Read


By Erin Meade

In the first week of March, two Kaiser Permanente teams celebrated Read Across America Day with local schools. Both schools were identified through our Thriving Schools program by Community Benefit program staff, who were thrilled to be able to connect colleagues to our partner schools.

The human resources team, led by Genevieve Hargraves, took time on Thursday, March 2, to visit with students at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School. Kaiser Permanente employees visited with students in kindergarten through second grade, reading The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Copies of the book were then donated to the students, along with a lunch tote and snack. The HR team picked the date to celebrate Read Across America Day, an annual¬†national initiative designed to encourage reading¬†motivation and awareness. It is celebrated on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

In addition, on Friday, March 3, a team of Kaiser Permanente employees from our Silver Spring Medical Center took time to read with students from nearby Galway Elementary The book tree drive followed a winter coat drive at the Medical Center in December of 2016.

If your team is interested in partnering with a local school for a book drive or other community engagement, reach out to Laura Howard ( for help identifying a partner school.

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