Goldenrod Hills Head Start Honored as Reading Is Fundamental's National Program of the Month
Program Surveys Families to Provide Targeted, Themed Book Distributions
WASHINGTON, September 2, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, selected Goldenrod Hills Head Start located in Wisner, Neb., as its national Program of the Month award winner for September.
Each year volunteers at the Goldenrod Hills Head Start RIF program oversee 16 sites and approximately 443 children. To prepare for a new year of RIF events for the children, they send out family interest sheets and fatherhood surveys to the homes of their students. After compiling the results, volunteers organize a vote for parents to decide the themes of their RIF book distributions. Activities organized by the program have included travels to the local pumpkin patch, where the children selected pumpkins and books. At a garden party, families learned about caring for plants and the children potted their own flowers to take home. And tea parties, goldfish races, pajamas days, and Dr. Seuss-centered events were some of the other activities held throughout the year.
"The Goldenrod Hills Head Start RIF program works to create strong family foundations built through education, empowerment, and support," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "This program develops its book distributions to engage the community and encourage families to discover the joy of reading together."
RIF's Program of the Month initiative was launched to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill the mission of RIF, which depends on innovative programs to promote children's literacy. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are receiving quality books and being motivated to become lifelong readers.
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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Peter DeLuca, Maroon PR
Melissa Mills, RIF