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Mayor Adrian Fenty Joins Reading Is Fundamental In Giving Free Books To 15,000 DCPS Students

Celebrates 50th Birthday of Seuss book The Cat In The Hat

What:
Join Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Mayor Adrian Fenty, and Beverly Kirk of News Channel 8, as we distribute free new books to 100 second and third graders at Kimball Elementary School. This distribution will be part of a larger city-wide celebration of reading and book ownership. On this day, a total of 15,000 students at more than 40 D.C. public and charter schools will receive free new books from RIF.

When:
Thursday, March 1, 2007
10:00 AM

Where:
Kimball Elementary School
3375 Minnesota Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20019

Photo Visual Opportunity:
Students will be wearing hand-made paper Dr. Seuss hats. The meeting area will also be decorated with Seuss-themed books, art work and games.

Background:
In response to the District's reading emergency, Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest children's and family literacy organization, launched the D.C. Initiative project in Washington, D.C. on November 2, 2006 by giving new free books to 15,000 kids at more than 40 D.C. schools. The March 1 event is the second city-wide distribution. A final distribution will be held in May. In all, RIF will give the children of the D.C. public school system a total of 45,000 books.

 
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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For more information, contact:
Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager
202-536-3528

Mayor Adrian Fenty Joins Reading Is Fundamental In Giving Free Books To 15,000 DCPS Students