FOX 40 News Anchor Reads to Kids in Shriners Hospital School

Appearance is part of international Read for the Record® Campaign

It was story time at Shriners Hospitals for Children. But it wasn’t story time as usual.

Sacramento television personality Nikki Laurenzo, FOX40 weekday news anchor, made a special appearance in the Shriners Hospital School on Thursday, Oct. 27. She delighted patients with an animated reading of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Laurenzo distributed copies of the book to children in attendance, many of whom asked Laurenzo to sign their copy.

Laurenzo’s visit is part of Read for the Record®, an international campaign to promote learning by having adults and children around the globe read the same book on the same day.   Sponsored by Jumpstart, the campaign celebrates its 11th anniversary this year.

“We literally jumped at the opportunity to participate in the program when it started,” said Margaret Kugler, coordinator of patient education services at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. “Reading is vital to a child’s educational growth and development. It fuels a child’s imagination, helps them develop social skills, leads to new experiences, expands learning and fosters independence. Providing an event for all ages to read together promotes the importance of reading and allows participants to bond through the shared experience,” she adds.


About the Shriners Hospital School

A joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sacramento City Unified School District, the on-site public school allows children to keep up with their school work while hospitalized. Located inside Shriners Hospital, the school provides bilingual education for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Special programs include vocational education and school re-entry programs.

Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |


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