In Georgia, 17 percent of adults lack basic literacy skills, meaning that they struggle to perform even the most basic of concrete and simple tasks like reading a set of instructions.
One simple thing that our community can do to improve local literacy rates is to make books accessible to area children and foster an interest in reading whenever possible.
Our schools and libraries are eager participants in this cause, encouraging children to read in class and at home. Tanner Health System, too, has joined the effort but we need your support.
The Tanner ReadER program provides age-appropriate books to every child who visits one of Tanner Health System’s three regional, 24-hour emergency departments. These books will give parents an opportunity to share an escape with their child into a story, away from the trauma or illness that made their visit necessary.
Tanny the turtle, the Tanner ReadER program’s new mascot, will promote reading to children and parents visiting Tanner’s emergency departments and to others in our community as he travels to area schools, organizations, community events and more!
Conceived by Tanner's emergency department physicians, the Tanner ReadER program is sponsored by Carrollton Emergency Physicians and Tanner Health System.
To donate gently used books or funds to Tanner ReadER, call 770.812.GIFT.
To request an appearance by Tanny at your school, organization or event, call 770.836.9687.
Download a free Tanny the Turtle coloring sheet here.
Volunteer to "Be" Tanny
Are you or someone you know interested in volunteering to wear the costume and “be” Tanny at health system, school or community events? Learn more about the duties and requirements on the Tanny Mascot Guidelines page.