Homewood Suites by Hilton and Reading Is Fundamental Visit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital During Children’s Book Week
Homewood Suites Team Members Partner with Reading Is Fundamental to Support Children’s Literacy Efforts and Help Patients Soar into Reading
MEMPHIS, Tenn. and MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, along with Lewis the Duck, the brand’s mascot and symbol of hospitality, visited with children at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in support of Children’s Book Week and the new partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s largest children’s literacy non-profit organization. Adrian Kurre, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Reading Is Fundamental representative Carla Tevault, along with Lewis the Duck, spent time reading with the children and participating in special activities for patients including a bookmark craft. After story time, Homewood Suites by Hilton gave each child the latest book in the Lewis the Duck series titled “Lewis the Duck Cleans the World” for them to enjoy during and after their stay. Homewood Suites by Hilton donated 500 books and provided additional sets of each of the seven Lewis the Duck Books for the Family Resource Center where patients can come and read, parents can find out more about their child’s illness and families can spend some time outside of their hospital room.
With a longtime commitment to children’s literacy, Homewood Suites by Hilton created the Lewis the Duck books to help kids feel more comfortable while someone they love is away. The book series follows the adventures of Lewis the Duck and his family as they travel around the world and help others along the way. On their journeys they learn about different cultures while visiting world famous cities and monuments, and they learn about helping their own community.
Reading Is Fundamental created supplemental learning materials aligned with the Lewis the Duck books along with a custom page on its Literacy Central website, featuring the books with two titles available in Spanish and English. Each title is matched with complimentary literacy activities and educational reading resources to help create engaged readers. The books also include an e-book version to encourage kids and parents to take reading on the go. Parents, teachers, volunteers and literacy lovers can access the custom Homewood Suites collection on Literacy Central at RIF.org/HomewoodSuites.
Every child deserves an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks needed to achieve their highest potential, yet 25 million children in the United States cannot read proficiently.1 In addition, 34% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn how to read.2 By the fourth grade, 65% of children are reading below grade level.3
Homewood Suites by Hilton and Reading Is Fundamental will continue the partnership to encourage kids to read with promotion in Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels around the United States, Mexico and Canada. Literacy resources, including bookmarks and activity sheets will be available to Homewood Suites by Hilton guests.
Learn more about complimentary literacy activities and educational reading resources at RIF.org/HomewoodSuites
1Based on an analysis of NAEP test scores.
2Council on Early Childhood (2014). Literacy promotion: An essential component of primary care pediatric practice. Pediatrics 134(2): 404-409.
3National Center for Education Statistics. The Nation’s Report Card: A First Look: 2013 Mathematics and Reading.
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About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to create impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success. As the nation's largest non-profit organization for children's literacy, RIF has provided more than 415 million books, impacting the lives of 40 million kids in all 50 states.
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