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Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child™’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child™ wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child™ initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child™ organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”

– Colonel  Charles Teasdale

Recent News

Children’s Books and Backpacks Delivered to Lake Delton Fire & EMS


Thanks to AT&T, the Palace Theater, and REACH-A-Child, the Lake Delton Fire and EMS Department received REACH BAGs for all 15 vehicles of their fleet. The delivery took place this past Friday, August 9th.

A REACH BAG is a durable backpack filled with new children’s books and drawstring backpacks. First Responders across the state use the books to comfort children they encounter in crisis situations and distract them from the immediate trauma.

The books and backpacks were acquired thanks to a very generous donation from AT&T and the Palace Theater, which is located just a short distance from the Lake Delton Fire House. The Department will also receive hundreds of new children’s books for use in positive, community engaging activities.


Departments partnering with REACH-A-Child