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A special reception was held at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic on Lewisburg on Thursday.

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) was at the health center at 10 a.m. to show his support for the "Reach Out and Read School Readiness" program.  The doctors and nurses at the clinic have been sending families home from check-ups with free books.  Along with the books is a prescription to "read aloud to your children."

The Reach Out and Read program is aimed at preparing American's youngest children to succeed in school by training doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud.  The Robert C Byrd Clinic is one of six places in the Third District of West Virginia to participate in the program.  There are a total of 14 locations that participate across the Mountain State.  According to a release from officials with the program they reach more the 11,200 children from six months to five years old in West Virginia alone.