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Reading Is Fundamental Receives $25,000 Grant from BNSF Foundation

Over 2,000 children in New Mexico and Wyoming to benefit from free books

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2008—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy organization, announced today it has received a $25,000 grant from the BNSF Foundation. The funds will improve access to books and literacy resources for children in need in select New Mexico and Wyoming schools through RIF's Family of Readers and/or Books for Ownership programs.

Through Family of Readers 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 of Readers currently serves more than 150,000 children and their parents nationwide, focusing on educationally at-risk children, from birth through elementary school.

RIF's Family of Readers service will provide free books to 936 children in the following programs:

Lincoln Elementary School in Gallup, N.M.
Shoshone Arapaho EHS/HS Program in Fort Washakie, Wyo.
Laramie Head Start in Laramie, Wyo.
Carbon County Child Development Program, Inc. in Rawlings, Wyo.

The Books for Ownership (BFO) program motivates young children to read by providing them with the opportunity to choose and keep free books, and participate in fun literacy-related activities. The program also includes a family and community involvement component.

RIF's Books for Ownership service will provide books for more than 1,200 children in the following New Mexico programs:

Lincoln Elementary School in Gallup.
Howling Timberwolf Club/Turpen Elementary in Gallup.
Pueblo of Zuni Head Start Program in Zuni.
K'Awaika School in Laguna.

"The programs that benefit from this BNSF Foundation grant serve a high percentage of underserved Native American students," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "By providing access to books and activities that foster reading motivation to children we hope to make reading a fun and beneficial part of their everyday life."

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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Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager


Reading Is Fundamental Receives $25,000 Grant from BNSF Foundation