Carol H. Rasco Awarded Distinguished Leader Award by Rutgers University
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2011 - Carol H. Rasco, president and chief executive officer of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), received the Distinguished Leader in Education Award yesterday from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education at its eight annual commencement ceremony. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to and had a significant impact on the field of education. Rasco was bestowed this honor for her devoted advocacy for children, youth, and families and her substantive contributions to the improvement of literacy.
"I am deeply honored to receive this award from such an esteemed group of educators." said Carol H. Rasco. “It gives me additional inspiration to continue the critical work of ensuring all children have access to literacy-rich environments and the opportunity to achieve success in school and life.”
Ms. Rasco has more than 30 years of experience working to improve education nationwide. From 1997 through 2000, she served as the senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, and as director of the America Reads Challenge, a four-year national campaign to promote the importance of all children reading well and independently by the end of the 3rd grade. Previously, Ms. Rasco worked in the White House as domestic policy adviser to the president and directed the Domestic Policy Council. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and earned a master's degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She has taught in the public school system and worked as a middle school counselor.
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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