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RIF Launches Family Reading Celebration Initiative

$87,500 in Family Reading Celebration grants awarded to 28 RIF programs

WASHINGTON – October 25, 2010 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, today announced 28 programs will be participating in the Family Reading Celebration initiative, a pilot program designed to empower families and communities to help children discover the joy of reading. 

Through the generous support of Macy’s, RIF has selected 21 programs to receive $2,500 and seven programs to receive $5,000 Family Reading Celebration grants. The grants, totaling $87,500, will provide funding for RIF programs across the country to host events promoting healthy, frequent, and fun reading habits for years to come for the children and families in their communities.

“We are honored to provide Family Reading Celebration grants to the committed programs working to further RIF’s mission and improve children’s literacy in local communities,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “RIF recognizes the importance of children having engaged families and communities motivating them to develop strong reading skills.  With the Family Reading Celebration grants, programs have additional resources to help reach more children and families.”

The following programs are recipients of the first RIF Family Reading Celebration grants:
• Burlington Rotary Club – Burlington, N.C.
• Caddo Nation Head Start – Anadarko, Okla.
• Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES) – Greeley, Colo.
• Chicago Commons – Chicago, Ill.
• Children’s Friend & Service – Providence, R.I.
• Chinle Junior High School – Chinle, Ariz.
• Clay County Head Start – Clay Center, Kan.
• Communities In Schools of Atlanta – Atlanta, Ga.
• Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) – Morrisville, Vt.
• Education Strengthens Families Public Charter School – Washington, D.C.
• Entre Nous – Jeanerette, La.
• Family Support Services of West Hawaii –  Kailua Kona, Hawaii
• Fifth Avenue School – Woonsocket, R.I.
• Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association – Cleveland, Ohio
• Greenbrier County Head Start – Lewisburg, W.Va.
• Gregg Neighborhood House – Lynn, Mass.
• Head Start/UPK - Johnson City, N.Y.
• HUB Family Resource Center – Rochester, N.H.
• Jean Dean RIF – Opelika, Ala.
• Kiwanis Club of Marco Island – Marco Island, Fla.
• Little Wound High School – Kyle, S.D.
• Mid-Cumberland Action Agency Head Start and Early Head Start – Springfield, Tenn.
• Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Head Start – Marshall, Mo.
• New Directions Early Head Start – Wilmington, Del.
• Orange County Head Start - Santa Ana, Calif.
• The STOP Organization Head Start Program – Norfolk, Va.
• W.S. Lafargue Elementary – Thibodaux, La.
• Weber County Library – Ogden, Utah

In addition to book ownership, reading motivation and family and community involvement are two important factors identified by RIF that help children become lifelong readers. All together, these three components support RIF’s mission to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. 

Since 2004, Macy’s has been a proud supporter of RIF, raising more than $16 million for RIF. The second phase of the Family Reading Celebration initiative is scheduled to begin in spring 2011.

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 provided 4.4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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RIF Launches Family Reading Celebration Initiative