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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

Messiah Preschool Donates 300 Books to REACH-A-Child

Messiah Preschool Donates 300 Books to REACH-A-Child

About 300 early-reader and pictures books were generously donated from the Messiah Preschool  here in Madison last week. Tracy Tiedeman of Tiedeman Photography delivered this awesome gift to us at REACH headquarters. Tracy will also be donating her own time to take photos at our upcoming annual Putt-Putt ‘Fore’ Kids Event on June 8th at Vitense Golfland. We’re so grateful for the book donation AND the use of your amazing photographic talents. We look forward to seeing you all there SOON! Don’t...

New Delivery to Wisconsin Rapids PD & Fire!

On October 1st, REACH-A-Child delivered Detective Lieutenant Julie Buerger accepted 15 REACH BAGs and 400 additional books on behalf of the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department. We also visited the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department, where Battalion Chief Ben Goodreau and his colleague accepted 10 REACH BAGs accompanied by another 500 additional children’s books for community engagement. We’re delighted to now be a part of the Wisconsin Rapids community and play an active role in providing comfort...

Delton Fire Receives Delivery!

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...