Children at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis Celebrate Literacy and Environmentalism with Free Books
RIF book distribution honors Jane M. Sisco, daughter of founding board member
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2009—A special Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) book distribution took place yesterday at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, Md. This inaugural event honored the memory of Jane M. Sisco, the daughter of one of RIF's founding board members, Jean Head Sisco, and the sister of current RIF board member, Carol B. Sisco—a resident of Riva.
Jane M. Sisco championed two causes throughout her life: children's literacy and environmentalism. In honor of her dedication to both causes, the "Our Natural World" RIF book distribution marked the beginning of the Jane M. Sisco Fund's partnership-also known as "Read for Jane"—with Eastport Elementary School.
Through the partnership, Eastport will receive funding for their RIF Books for Ownership program and an environmentally themed lending library. As part of the RIF program, each child at Eastport receives three free, new books each year. Children will make their selection from a wide assortment of books, including those related to nature, conservation, and the Chesapeake Bay region. The lending library will offer a collection of environmentally-themed hardcover books.
Also in attendance at the book distribution were Margaret McNamara Pastor, daughter of RIF founder, Margaret McNamara, and Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF.
"In addition to remembering Jane Sisco's efforts, RIF is proud to recognize the Sisco family as our June Donor of the Month," said Rasco. "The Sisco family has provided funds as well as strategic assistance since RIF's earliest days."
With connections going back to RIF's founding in 1966, the Sisco family demonstrated its continued commitment to children's literacy by serving as an advocate sponsor for RIF's 2009 Gift of Reading Gala, which occurred on June 2.
"We are truly grateful for the Sisco family's support in helping us ensure that all children discover the joy of reading," said Rasco.
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 16 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.