What’s Working: Colonial Heights Dental Group book drive creates a literacy-rich culture

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Dr. Susan Creech is used to working on her patients smile, but she’s also improving young minds with Colonial Heights Dental Group 4th Annual Book Drive.

“We were looking for a way to involve the community and one of the things we thought about was a book drive,” said Creech.

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Creech along with fellow dentist Dr. Trevor Lawson teamed up with The United We Read Program with the goal of collecting 1000 books for children in grades 1st through 5th.

“They’re going to be working with three to four schools in our Sullivan County School System this year,  and we are just really excited for the great initiative they’re showing,” said United We Read Manager, Emily Merritt.

It’s community support like this that helps the United We Read Program.

This year it’s more that just books:

“We are also taking monetary donations to build a little free library outside of our office,” said Creech.

“Having a business like Colonial Heights Dentist Group or somewhere else where children are often in a waiting room or something of that type of situation is a great way to have books available to tie that in and promote a literacy-rich culture,” said Merritt.

Just another way Dr. Creech and Colonial Heights Dentistry is putting a smile on peoples’ faces.

“It’s been interesting to see people come in that have cleaned out their book shelves and donated books and many have stories about these books being their children’s and how they remember reading them to their children,” said Creech.

For more information about the United We Read campaign, click here. 

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