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Parkway Elementary RIF Selected as Reading Is Fundamental National Program of the Month

Kentucky Based Program Engages Children through Locally Influenced Book Distributions

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2011 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected Parkway Elementary RIF located in Radcliff, Ky. as the national Program of the Month honoree for January 2011.

RIF Coordinator Patricia Morton participated in her first RIF book distribution as a 4th-grade student attending Parkway Elementary.  Over the last decade, the Parkway Elementary RIF program has given away more than 35,923 books under the leadership of Morton and her dedicated team of volunteers.   

Located five miles away from Fort Knox, Morton created a way to engage families in the community to read together and honor members of the military.  As a result, the program organized “Free to Read,” a Veteran’s Day event in which children wrote letters to soldiers serving in Iraq. In return, many soldiers wrote and sent pictures to the children.

“The innovative events hosted by Parkway Elementary RIF engage families to foster literacy within their school community, and are part of Parkway’s success,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “Under Morton’s leadership, RIF has been a factor in raising the school’s reading test scores, which had been one of the lowest in the area.”

RIF launched the Program of the Month initiative to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill RIF’s mission, which relies on innovative programs promoting children’s literacy in their communities. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are discovering the joy of reading.

About RIF
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Parkway Elementary RIF Selected as Reading Is Fundamental National Program of the Month