Edmonton Youth to Benefit from Launch of New Reading Is Fundamental Program
EDMONTON, Ky., August 29, 2007— Through a grant from Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF),Metcalfe County Migrant Education has launched a new RIF program that will provide free books and literacy resources tomore than 600 children in the Region 3 Migrant area.
The Metcalfe County Migrant Education program's mission is to identify and alleviate educational barriers that exist in their community due to family mobility. Students involved in the RIF program now have the opportunity to choose two to five free books to add to or create personal libraries. In April, the program held its first book distribution and has scheduled several others for this fall.
RIF is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's and family literacy organization. Founded more than 40 years ago, its literacy programs embrace three elements to foster a child’s love of reading: fun reading activities, family and community involvement, and children's excitement at choosing free books that are theirs to keep. RIF currently serves children in every state and territory in the U.S., at more than 20,000 sites.
"RIF has made it possible for Metcalfe County to provide a variety of reading materials to students who don’t typically have literacy-rich environments," said Lauri Perkins, RIF coordinator at Metcalfe County Migrant Education. "We are grateful for their support in helping us to achieve our mission."
"RIF programs help get books to children who need them most," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "Research has shown that children who have access to books and who read for fun perform better on reading tests. RIF looks forward to working with Metcalfe County Migrant Education to help the children of Metcalfe County and the surrounding areas develop a lifelong love of reading."
With the support of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and private funders, last year RIF distributed more than 16 million books to nearly 4.5 million children across the country. Almost 89 percent of the federal funds were used to purchase books. In 2006, RIF served nearly 1,400 migrant communities across the country, distributing books to more than 255,000 affected children.
The children of migrant workers are some of the most educationally disadvantaged children in the country because of their transient lifestyles.
RIF programs are required to provide a 25 percent match of their book budget. If you are interested in either donating funds or volunteering with the Metcalfe County Migrant Education RIF program, contact Lauri Perkins at (270) 432-7291.
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 4.6 million children with 15 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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