Hospital art contest winners named.

March 29, 2022

Ebbie Eberbach, MCC

Hospital art contest winners named.

LUDINGTON – Of 152 entries, 13 area youth were selected as winners and 14 selected for honorable mention of the Reach Out and Read K-12 art contest sponsored by Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Pediatrics.

Selena Le, LAC


  • Caralynn Machin, Ludington Elementary School (LES)
  • River Saya, LES
  • Selena Le, Ludington Area Catholic (LAC)
  • Emma Whitaker, Mason County Eastern (MCE)
  • Penelope Grubich, LES
  • Cole Jubar, LAC
  • Bodey Lawler, LAC
  • Eliza Schwass, LAC
  • Addison Torrez, LAC
  • Rayna Cox, LAC
  • Marie Raven, LES
  • Ebbie Eberbach, Mason County Central Upper Elementary (MCC)
  • Malissa Le, LAC

River Saya, LES

Honorable Mentions::

  • Andrew Bauer, LAC
  • Bradey Lawler, LAC
  • Briann Peters, MCE
  • Clara Lindbloom, LAC
  • Cyniah   Haight, Pentwater
  • Hartley  Alvesteffer, LES
  • Corinne Jubar, LAC
  • Rymer VonSprecken, LAC
  • Giada Simone, LAC
  • Alexander Urka, LAC
  • Peyton Schwass, LAC
  • Abigail Ashley, Ludington High School
  • Grace Hackert, LAC
  • Greyson Knapp, MCE

Emma Whitaker, MCE

All winning and honorable mention artwork will be displayed at the pediatrics clinic at 907 E. Tinkham Avenue for one year. Each of the 13 winners also receives a certificate from Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and a $10 Amazon gift card. The art can be seen on the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Facebook page.

“We’re really pleased to be a certified Reach Out and Read location,” said Dr. Kari Leikert, pediatrician at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Pediatrics. “We know that putting books into the hands of parents results in more frequent reading at home, accelerated vocabulary for kids and critical brain stimulation. We’re doing everything we can to promote literacy and optimize early childhood development, and the Reach Out and Read program helps us to do that.”

Reach Out and Read is designed to promote reading and literacy in children by having pediatricians and family medicine physicians prescribe and provide age-appropriate books to children during well-child visits.

The program was begun locally in fall 2016. Since then, 10,375 books have been distributed through the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital pediatrics and family medicine clinics. In addition, each newborn is given a starter board book at the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Family Birthing Center.

Financial contributions are always accepted for the purchase of Scholastic age-appropriate books. Used book donations are not needed at this time. Anyone interested in making a financial donation may contact the Spectrum Health Foundation Ludington Hospital at 231.845.2233.

Reach Out and Read was founded in 1989 with its first program at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). By 2021, there were almost 1,500 sites distributing 1.6 million books per year throughout the country, and it’s now grown to 6.9 million books per year.

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