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PNC grant supports reading program at Akron Children's

06-15-2017 (Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley received a $4,000 grant from the PNC Foundation for its Reach Out and Read program. The grant will be used to purchase new books for local patients.   

The PNC Foundation grant is a part of the PNC Grow Up Great® initiative, which aims to help children from birth to age five develop a love of learning. Overall, the initiative has impacted more than 3 million children.

“We believe that education and imagination at young ages can lead to brighter futures,” said Ryan Pastore, vice president and director of client and community relations, PNC Financial Services Group. “We are grateful to play our part by contributing to the Reach Out and Read program through Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.”

Reach Out and Read is a national program that helps children grow by incorporating books into children’s healthcare, and by educating families on the importance of reading aloud together. Reach Out and Read primarily focuses on children younger than age five, since the first five years are crucial to a child’s brain development. Children’s Hospital is among 5,000 program sites around the country.

“The Reach Out and Read program is incredibly beneficial to children in our care,” said JoAnn Stock, senior director of development, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative also helps younger children grow into adults who love to learn, so supporting our program was a good match for them. We are so thankful to PNC for helping us share the gift of reading with local children and their parents.”

For more information, contact Stock at 330-746-9122 or at