Mason Pilot Elementary School in Boston is Named Reading Is Fundamental's National Program of the Month Award Winner
RIF's Program of the Month Initiative Recognizes the Ongoing Efforts of Local Programs Promoting Children's Literacy
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, has named Mason Pilot Elementary School in Massachusetts as its Program of the Month award recipient for May.
Located in Roxbury, Mass., the Mason Pilot Elementary School is one of 58 Boston public schools participating as a RIF program site. The program supports literacy for children in the underserved community by engaging the participation of adults in various school programs. A key program, Men of the Mason, engages male parents, mentors, and caregivers to participate with children in literacy activities and free RIF book distributions, as well as other motivational activities and sports competitions.
"The Mason Pilot Elementary School has created innovative and imaginative programs that succeed in engaging children, parents, and positive role models in recognizing the importance of literacy in their daily lives," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "RIF is thrilled to honor this program as it continues to make a positive impact in its local community by meeting an important need for area children."
Mason Pilot Elementary School
The mission of the Mason Pilot Elementary School is to provide a comprehensive and rigorous full inclusion academic program supported by committed teachers, staff, teacher interns, devoted parents, and a strong community working collaboratively and learning together. For more information, visit www.masonpilotschool.org.
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 innovative programs 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 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.