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South Seneca Elementary School Selected as Reading Is Fundamental Program of the Month

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, named the RIF program at South Seneca Elementary School, located in Interlaken, N.Y., as the national Program of the Month honoree for June 2011.

RIF program coordinator and South Seneca librarian Beth McCheyne inspires students to develop a love of reading which has improved students’ attitudes toward reading immensely over the past two decades. South Seneca hosts an annual celebration, where a noted children’s book author makes a special visit to read with students. Most recently, children’s author, photographer and winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Charles R. Smith, Jr. visited the school.

This year, South Seneca launched a Reading Incentive Program with new themes introduced each month to get the school’s 450 students excited about reading. During one event, volunteers hosted a “Drop Everything and Read” hour. Each teacher sets individual reading goals for students and offers a wide variety of rewards for those who achieve their goal at the end of the school year. Additionally, the local Five Star Bank awards a grand prize of one brand new bicycle and helmet.
“For the past 35 years South Seneca has been dedicated to supporting RIF’s mission,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “Thanks to the leadership of Ms. McCheyne and the passionate volunteers and teachers at South Seneca, children are developing a lifelong love of reading.”

RIF launched the Program of the Month initiative to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs fulfilling 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 provided 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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South Seneca Elementary School Selected as Reading Is Fundamental Program of the Month