By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – For at least the next year, babies born at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital will be going home with a “great green room” and all its inhabitants.
On Wednesday, an effort lead by Mayor Jack Reed’s education task force presented 2,400 copies of the children’s classic “Good Night Moon” to the women’s hospital.
“Every child born in this hospital will have a book in their library,” Reed said, regardless of where their parents call home. “It’s just another example of the big-heartedness of Tupelo.”
Babies start learning from their very earliest moments, said Shelia Nabors, education task force chairwoman.
Reading a book will foster development not just in language, but also in social-emotional, cognitive and fine motor skills.
“You don’t need to wait until they’re in school,” Nabors said.
The money for the books was donated by individuals and organizations, including the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, BancorpSouth, Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore, CREATE Foundation, Dr. Roy and Doris Ryan, Elaine Dundy & Roy Turner Endowment Fund, and Jack and Lisa Reed.
Because the education task force was able to place such a large order for the board books, they received a substantial discount.
Still, they had to raise more than $10,000 to pay for the books for the year.
A special account has been set up through the CREATE Foundation, and Reed and the task force hope to make the books a tradition.
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