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Reading Is Fundamental Honors Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans as National Program of the Month

Local Program Engages Families as a way to Develop Lifelong Readers in the Community

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2010 –Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected Communities In Schools (CIS) of Greater New Orleans as their national Program of the Month honoree for December.

CIS of Greater New Orleans implements a process of brokering and coordinating services in schools to benefit youth and families. The organization encourages family support and parental involvement as key service strategies to help children succeed in school. With the leadership of President Sara Massey, a culture of learning has developed benefitting academic performance and strengthening family relationships.

“Sara Massey’s commitment to RIF, family values, and improved parental involvement are at the core of the success of the CIS New Orleans program,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “She continues to find new and creative ways to engage families in the community to help children become lifelong readers. As the RIF Ambassador for Louisiana, thousands of children in RIF programs, not only in New Orleans but throughout the state, benefit from her guidance and love of reading.”

Earlier this fall, RIF began promoting family engagement as a way to develop families of readers nationwide. In October, CIS of Greater New Orleans and RIF partnered to host a Family Literacy Night at Eisenhower Elementary School, one of the five sites the organization serves.  Hundreds of families attended the Halloween-themed event filled with food, reading games, and read-alouds from teachers dressed as their favorite storybook characters.  Through the generous support of Macy’s, this special RIF book distribution experienced a huge increase in attendance from grateful families looking to share quality time together.

RIF launched the Program of the Month initiative to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill RIF’s mission, which relies on innovative programs promoting children’s literacy in their communities. 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 4.4 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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Reading Is Fundamental Honors Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans as National Program of the Month