Laurel Learning Center in Reston, Va., Honored with Reading Is Fundamental's National Program of the Month Award
RIF's Program of the Month Initiative Honors the Ongoing Efforts of Local Programs to Promote Children's Literacy
WASHINGTON, February 1, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, has named Laurel Learning Center's RIF Program in Reston, Va., as its national Program of the Month award recipient for February, 2010.
"The Laurel Learning Center has done a fantastic job of inspiring young children to celebrate the joy of reading throughout the Reston community," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "Many of these children would not have the opportunity to enjoy reading without the help of their local volunteers. RIF is honored to award this program for its hard work and dedication to young readers."
Laurel Learning Center - Reston, Va.
The Laurel Learning Center childcare service is run by Reston Interfaith, a 40-year-old community service nonprofit founded to promote self sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, quality childcare and other services. Staying true to their philosophy of cooperation, the center has also cultivated a local partnership with the Reston-based Sallie Mae Corporation. In addition to assisting the local RIF program financially, employees from the Corporation participate in weekly activities, and volunteer on free book distribution days. Eloise Williams, the center's RIF coordinator of nine years, is a devoted and ambitious advocate for RIF, and dedicated to providing for the less fortunate.
On RIF book distribution days, volunteers celebrate with the children through an exploration of art, learning and activities to inspire imagination. The center's distributions are always ambitiously themed and provide free books to each young reader that they may not otherwise have, making this an exciting event for the Reston community.
RIF's Programs of the Month initiative was launched to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill the mission of RIF, which depends on programs like these to promote children's literacy. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are discovering the joy of reading.
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.