Jim Wade has established the Wade Family Literacy Endowment at Confluence Health Central Washington Hospital and Clinics. The Endowment will provide the Baby’s First Book and Books for Young Readers. This program will ensure that every family with a newborn will have that first book to start reading together and building early literacy. Older children will also receive an age-appropriate book to have during their stay and to take home. The books will be distributed through Central’s Mother/Baby and Pediatric Units.
The $100,000 Endowment will ensure a program that has been in place since 1998 started by the Wenatchee Alumnae club of Pi Beta Phi will continue. The program was interrupted for a brief time during the tower construction.
The Endowment is a joint effort between the Wade family, North Central Regional Library, Wenatchee Pi Beta Phi Alumnae and Central Washington Hospital Foundation. All entities will work together to distribute over 1,600 books annually to newborns and pediatric patients. Currently, over 400 books have been prepared for distribution.
Angela Morris, NCRL Assistant Director, added “Jim’s generous gift to establish the Endowment is an extension of the creation of the Camille Wade Children’s room at Wenatchee Public Library. The Wade family is very committed to encouraging children to become lifelong readers and helping parents assist their children with their educational goals. Children and families have been enjoying the beautiful library space, attending programs and finding wonderful books to read since the opening of the new room in spring of 2013.”