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Reading Is Fundamental Awards June Programs of the Month

Programs in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Chicago, and Alexandria, La., Recognized for Literacy Efforts

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, has named its three Programs of the Month award recipients for June 2009. These three programs are based out of Family Literacy Partnerships (Plattsburgh, N.Y.), Illinois Migrant Council (Chicago), and Rapides RIF (Alexandria, La.).

"These three RIF programs have done outstanding jobs at motivating children to read," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "Studies show that children who read for pleasure do better in school. RIF is proud to recognize the work of these RIF programs for their achievement in helping children discover the joy and value of reading."

Family Literacy Partnerships serves 610 children from birth to age 11. This RIF program has been providing children in need with free books since 2006. Alice Sample coordinates the RIF book distributions in some unique locations, such as the Adirondick Correctional Facility. Family Literacy Partnerships makes tape recordings of incarcerated fathers reading a book to their children, and then sends the tapes and books to their family. Sample also joins a variety of volunteers from local reading councils and service groups for read-alouds at a local mall. The program shares literacy resources on their website www.journeyintoreading.org.

Illinois Migrant Council serves 2,020 children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers in grade 12. This RIF program has been providing children in need with free books for more than 30 years. Volunteer Brenda Pessin coordinates the RIF book distributions. The Illinois Migrant RIF program connects with their families by providing workshops with guest artists who teach the children performance and storytelling skills. They then choose a book and develop it into a play. The children also participate in creative literacy activities, such as making a painted "treasure book box" in which they store their books as they and their families migrate.

Rapides RIF serves 3,552 children between the ages 3 and 14. The Rapides RIF program has been providing children in need with free books for three years. Principal with Special Assignments, Norvella Williams, serves as the volunteer coordinator of the RIF book distributions. Under Williams' leadership, RIF distributions have become a community-wide project that involves teachers and other school personnel, parents, and members of the local community. Volunteers are eager to contribute to RIF events, knowing their time and efforts will be well spent as they help children discover the joy of reading and choosing a book to own.

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.

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 Awards June Programs of the Month