RIF Awards January Programs of the Month
Programs in Salem, W.Va.; Pocahantas, Ark.; and Lewisville, Texas Recognized for Literacy Efforts
WASHINGTON, January 30, 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 January 2009. These three programs are: the Doddridge County CEOs Council (Salem, W.Va.), Walnut Ridge Head Start/Early Head Start (Pocahantas, Ark.), and Lillie L. Jackson Early Childhood PTA (Lewisville, Texas).
"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."
Doddridge County CEOs Council serves a rural population in the heart of West Virginia's Appalachia, where 65 percent of the children enrolled in the consolidated school system qualify for free and reduced-price (F/RP) meals. This RIF program distributes books to more than 180 children through three sites—the Doddridge County Head Start program, the Doddridge County Library, and the Center Point Outpost Library.
Walnut Ridge Head Start/Early Head Start serves 92 children ages 0-5, all of whom qualify for F/RP meals. This RIF program was recently highlighted in a full-page article for their Fall Festival book distribution. The local fire and police department, as well as the mayor and other community organizations, took part in the festivities. Walnut Ridge Head Start/Early Head Start has great community participation and support for their Family of Readers program, which engages families to make reading a priority in their homes.
Lillie L. Jackson Early Childhood PTA, a brand new RIF program, serves 493 children ages 3-5, 82 percent of whom receive F/RP meals. RIF coordinator Jody Amenell placed the very first orders for RIF Ready Packs. RIF Ready Packs is a new initiative that RIF began in November; it provides budget-friendly packages of books grouped by theme and age range. Books are evaluated for quality according to RIF's book quality guidelines, which are set forth by RIF's Literature Advisory Board.
RIF's Program 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.
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 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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