Boston Celtics rookie point guard JD Davison stopped by the Greenville Regional Medical Clinic on Tuesday to help kick off the summer reading program, Reach Out and Read-Alabama.
Davison, a Letohatchee native, is graduating from Calhoun School in 2021. The 6-foot-3 five-star rookie went on to play one season for the University of Alabama before being drafted by the Celtics with the 23rd pick in the second turn. of the 2022 NBA Draft.
Reach Out and Read-Alabama, a nonprofit funded by private donations, started 13 years ago and was launched to help encourage families to read together.
“In addition to helping families support positive social-emotional development, providers at Reach Out and Read-Alabama also create a space where the families we serve promote healthy brain development and create strong bonds that last a lifetime. a lifetime,” Melinda Gibson, certified registered nurse practitioner and Reach Out and Read-Alabama program site coordinator, said.
This is the second year that Greenville has participated in the program.
The program focuses on children aged six months to five years. Each time a child comes in for a checkup, the participating office will give them an age-appropriate book for their parent or guardian to read to them.
Greenville Regional Medical Clinic has distributed a total of 1,600 books so far in 2022.
Gibson spoke about the book selection for the gathering, “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival. The book is about a happy young girl named Ruby. One day, she discovers a problem. It was small at first, but it gets bigger every day, until it becomes huge. Worry was the only thing Ruby could think of. But with the help of a new friend, Ruby manages to shake off her worry.
“When we talk about our emotions, we are better able to deal with them,” Gibson said in reference to the story.
Gibson introduced Davison and said, “All those kids just came out to meet you.”
Davison, accompanied by his mother, Katrina Davison, smiled and nodded.
The two-time recipient of the “Mr. Basketball,” sat next to his mother and listened as she read the story of Ruby and her worries.
At the end of the storytelling session, participants were served pizza and cookies.
The Regional Medical Center is located at 300 North College St. in Greenville. To contact the center, call (334) 382-2681 or search for the center via the Internet.