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Reading Is Fundamental and The Meadows Foundation Awards Grants to 15 Recipients in South Texas

Grants to Benefit 15 Programs Focused on Improving Literacy

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families; literacy nonprofit organization, and The Meadows Foundation today announced that they have awarded grants to 15 programs throughout southern Texas. The money that each community program receives will support either Family Literacy Nights or Family of Readers training programs in their local communities.

"RIF is very proud to award these grants to each one of the Texas-based programs that have demonstrated a clear focus towards improving literacy in their region," commented Carol H. Rasco, CEO and president of Reading Is Fundamental. "RIF would like to particularly thank The Meadows Foundation for their significant contributions and commitment to RIF, which will ultimately further our mission of spreading the joy of reading all across the state of Texas."

Family of Readers is a family reading service that currently serves over 158,000 children and their parents across the country, focusing on educationally at-risk children, from birth through elementary school, and their families. Family of Readers helps parents develop the skills and self-assurance to take a leading role in supporting their children's reading and learning while their children learn to love books. Family Literacy Nights are programs in which local community organization volunteers provide books for children to choose and dinner for children and their parents.

The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions in Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. The Meadows Foundation strives to address basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering, protecting the environment, providing cultural enrichment, encouraging excellence and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.

The list of grant recipients includes the following programs:

Family Literacy Night Recipients

HIPPY Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, Texas)
Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School (Brownsville, Texas)
Barrientes Middle School (Edinburg, Texas)
Mercedes Early Childhood Center (Mercedes, Texas)
John H. Shary Elementary School (Mission, Texas)
Stephen F. Austin Elementary School (Edinburg, Texas)
Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School (Edinburg, Texas)
Kappa Delta Pi (Edinburg, Texas)

Family of Readers Training Recipients

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District (San Benito, Texas)
Texas State Technical College Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas)
Region One Education Service Center (Edinburg, Texas)
Brownsville Independent School District (Brownsville, Texas)
Workforce Solutions (McAllen, Texas)
Pharr Literacy Project (Pharr, Texas)
San Perlita Independent School District (San Perlita, Texas)
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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Reading Is Fundamental and The Meadows Foundation Awards Grants to 15 Recipients in South Texas