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Reading kits go to area schools, libraries

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From left, Victoria Revelle, Halifax Health Systems  Barbara Davis, Northampton County Library  Debra Sanders, Halifax Regional  Michelle Puckett, Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools From left, Victoria Revelle, Halifax Health Systems Barbara Davis, Northampton County Library Debra Sanders, Halifax Regional Michelle Puckett, Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools HRMC

In an effort to promote reading and encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity, the Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative distributed more than three dozen reading kits to public libraries and elementary schools across Halifax and Northampton counties.

On January 19, reading kits were distributed from the Health Education department of Halifax Regional Medical Center, which served as the hub of activity for kit assembly and as a distribution point to library and school representatives.

The free kits were assembled from donated wooden produce crates.

Each hay-filled crate contained the following:

Book marks with activity and eating tips

Coloring books and crayons

A bundle of Map of Play: Places to Explore Move and Play which highlights parks, trails, and other recreations spaces for indoor and outdoor activities

Two reading books of a variety of age-appropriate titles for young readers.

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RV-CHI prepared reading kits for Halifax and Northampton County libraries and schools. From left, Christina Wells, Melissa Battle, Debra Sanders and Audrey Hardy.

“I am grateful that [RV-CHI] thought of public libraries across the Roanoke Valley in preparing and delivering tool kits to promote nutrition and exercise in our community and specifically at Roanoke Rapids Public Library,” said Jeffrey C. Watson, Roanoke Rapids head librarian. “Perhaps down the road the library can do either a story time program or family reading event on this very topic. Improving health is a major issue in our community as is literacy. Thanks for all you do to build our community and for including us in your work.”

Relying on the helping hands and donations from several community partners, the RV-CHI is grateful to receive donations from the Elberta Crate & Box Company Inc. in Warrenton and Melissa Battle for her donation of hay.

The RV-CHI is also thankful to volunteers from Halifax Health Systems, the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Halifax Regional Medical Center.

RV-CHI is always looking for all interested individuals and organizations interested in volunteering their time and talents to the Get Fit, Stay Fit Roanoke Valley campaign and programs therein.

For more information about the RV-CHI, please contact Audrey Hardy, RV-CHI Coordinator at 252-535-8771 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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