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Reading Is Fundamental Brings Dr. Seuss to Life for 16,000 DC School Children

Free books and reading rallies celebrate Read Across America

WASHINGTON—February 27, 2008—During the week of March 3, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) will provide 16,000 schoolchildren with free new books to read and keep during reading rallies planned for 40 schools in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  The events coincide with the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Day.

RIF’s book distribution events allow children to choose their own books and provide an array of fun activities to help motivate children to read.  RIF, along with the support of volunteers and the DC Public Schools, holds three, free book distributions a year. 

DC State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist, who will read to students on March 4, said “Children all across the city look forward to receiving new books during RIF’s fun reading rallies. RIF’s programs in our schools work to encourage children to read for fun.  Research has shown that when children have access to books and read for fun, they tend to perform better in school.”

In Costume and On Stage,
Principal and Students Plan Salute to Dr. Seuss

On Tuesday, March 4 at 10 a.m., RIF and Noyes Elementary School will host an entertaining salute to Dr. Seuss during a school-wide reading rally for about 300 students.  Highlights include:

Principal Wayne Ryan as the Cat in the Hat;
School cheerleaders girls performing as the “Reading Rockettes”;
Sixth grade boys delivering their reading rap;
A dramatic reading from Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! by Deborah A. Gist, Ward 5 Councilman Harry “Tommy” Thomas Jr., and Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO;
Appearances by RIF’s mascot, Riffington, and the Washington Mystics’ mascot, Pax;
School-wide free book distribution and motivational activities.

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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Press Contact:

Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager



Reading Is Fundamental Brings Dr. Seuss to Life for 16,000 DC School Children