Doctors reading Dr. Seuss highlight Weeks of Caring effort

Caregivers focus on literacy in Aurora Health Care’s volunteer program

February 23, 2017

Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care’s second Weeks of Caring of 2017 will focus on child literacy. Almost 400 caregivers will read to students at 32 sites across Aurora’s service area to honor Read Across America during the week of Feb. 27 to March 3.

“Good reading skills are crucial to success in education and in life,” said Vivian King, Aurora vice president of community relations. “Having our doctors and caregivers reading in the community helps instill a love of reading in children, while celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and our caregivers’ volunteer efforts.” 

Sixteen Aurora caregivers, including transplant surgeon Dr. Ajay Sahajpal, will be reading Monday, Feb. 27, at the Milwaukee Academy of Science, 2000 W. Kilbourn Ave., in Milwaukee. Dr. Sahajpal serves on the school’s board of directors.

“Milwaukee Academy of Science teachers and students are excited to welcome Aurora caregivers into our classrooms during our Read Across America Week to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and our love of reading,” said Anthony McHenry, Milwaukee Academy of Science’s chief executive officer. “Aurora volunteers will add an extra element of surprise and excitement to our read aloud celebrations throughout the school.” 

The Aurora Weeks of Caring program, a quarterly organized volunteer opportunity for caregivers, builds on Aurora Health Care’s longstanding tradition of community service. In 2016, caregivers contributed more than 1,200 hours to local organizations through Weeks of Caring. 

The first Weeks of Caring in 2017, held in January, focused on blood donation, and included blood drives at many Aurora locations. During that time, 656 Aurora caregivers and friends donated blood, which significantly outpaced the 113 donations made in January 2016. 

List of reading locations by area

Burlington/Walworth
Waller Elementary School, Burlington, Feb. 28, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Lakeland School, Elkhorn, Feb. 27, 10:15 a.m.

Kenosha/Racine

Boys & Girls Club, Kenosha, March 2, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., and March 3, 1:00 -2:00 p.m.

Milwaukee
Milwaukee Academy of Science, Feb. 27, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Starms Early Child Care, Feb. 27, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Sherman Boys & Girls Club, Feb. 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, Feb. 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
53rd Street Boys & Girls Club, Feb. 28, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Forest Home Avenue School, March 1, 11:00 a.m. – noon, and March 2, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
Franklin Elementary, March 2, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Starms Discovery Learning, March 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Family Services, March 2, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
J.E. Jones Elementary School, March 3, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Green Bay/Marinette

Green Bay YMCA, Feb. 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Feb. 28, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., March 1, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., March 2, 9:30 -10:30 a.m., March 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Garfield Elementary School, Marinette, March 3, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Manitowoc
Lester Public Library, March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Oshkosh/Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac YMCA, March 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Jacob Shapiro Elementary, Oshkosh, March 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Omro Elementary School, Omro, Feb. 27, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Feb. 28, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., March 1, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Oshkosh Community YMCA, March 2, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Oshkosh YMCA, March 2, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Roberts Elementary, Fond du Lac, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Feb. 28, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ozaukee County
Grafton Elementary, Grafton, Feb. 27, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Feb. 28, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., March 1, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., March 2, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Kennedy Elementary, Grafton, March 2, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. and March 3, 11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Sheboygan County
Sheboygan County YMCA, Feb. 27, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Feb. 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., March 1, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Fairview Elementary, Plymouth, March 2, 2:45 – 3:15 p.m., March 3, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Riverview Elementary, Plymouth, March 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Horizon Elementary, Plymouth, March 2, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Parkview Elementary, Plymouth, Feb. 28, 12:45 -1:15 p.m., March 2, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Washington County
Kettle Moraine YMCA, West Bend, March 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
West Washington YMCA, West Bend, March 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Kettle Moraine YMCA Our Savior’s Church, March 2, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Waukesha County
YMCA at Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc, Feb. 27, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Eagle Elementary School, Eagle, March 3, 8:00 -9:00 a.m.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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Don Klein

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