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Congressman Altmire and Reading Is Fundamental Celebrate Literacy

Congressman Altmire to participate in New Castle, Pa. read-aloud and hand out free books to local students

NEW SALEM, Pa, October 19, 2009—Congressman Jason Altmire, a long-time champion of literacy in Pennsylvania, celebrated the joy of reading with young children during the Fall RIF Literacy Celebration at the Thaddeus Stevens Primary Center.

On Monday, October 19, volunteers at the center's RIF program held a fall-themed book distribution in which nearly 300 children in grades 1-3 listened to the congressman read aloud. The students each then selected a book to keep from among hundreds of titles offered.

"Book choice is a key component of RIF programs," said RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco. "Children's interest in reading is much higher when they have a say in what they get to read and what books they own. We also appreciate Congressman Altmire's commitment to literacy and support of the event. Having public officials present at distributions raises the excitement level considerably for the children."

"By helping our children develop strong reading skills, we are giving them the tools they need to succeed in school and in life," Altmire said. "I hope that every child who was here today will discover the joy of reading and become a life-long learner."

The state of Pennsylvania and RIF work together throughout the year to distribute more than 850,000 books to children's literacy programs. The kids at the Thaddeus Stevens Primary Center are some of the more than 220,000 children in Pennsylvania and the 4.5 million children nationwide who discover the joy of reading though RIF each year.

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 provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information, and to access reading resources, visit RIF's website at www.RIF.org.

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Congressman Altmire and Reading Is Fundamental Celebrate Literacy