Reading Is Fundamental Donates 10 Lighthouse Library Book Collections to the Annapolis Maritime Museum
Book collections will benefit 4th grade students at three Annapolis elementary schools
ANNAPOLIS, MD., April 21, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families literacy nonprofit organization, today announced it will donate 10 Lighthouse Library Book Collections to the "Bay Icons" program at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Through the "Bay Icons" program, 4th grade students at Eastport, Annapolis, and Tyler Heights elementary schools learn about the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
To celebrate the donation, local resident Dr. Carol B. Sisco conducted at the museum a read-aloud of Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish with 48 Tyler Heights Elementary School students. Additionally, through the "Read for Jane" fund, established by Dr. Sisco to commemorate her sister's legacy, RIF donated 115 copies of the book for students participating in the "Bay Icons" program to keep for their own home libraries.
"As a proud supporter of children's literacy, I'm honored to partner with Reading Is Fundamental to encourage students at three Annapolis elementary schools to discover the joy of reading," said Dr. Carol B. Sisco, Reading Is Fundamental board member. "My sister, Jane, was passionate about children's literacy and environmentalism and I hope her generous spirit inspires each student to follow her interests."
"The Lighthouse Library Book Collections donated by RIF and Dr. Sisco will be a wonderful enhancement to our 'Bay Icons' program for students at Eastport, Annapolis, and Tyler Heights elementary schools," said Jeff Holland, director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. "We appreciate their generous support, but most of all, we're thrilled to be working together in this new partnership. Now we can do a much better job of connecting our students with our unique maritime heritage and the Chesapeake Bay. What better way to do that than through fun books to read about this precious natural resource in our own backyard."
In June 2009, RIF's "Read for Jane" fund adopted Eastport Elementary School's RIF program and provided funding for three school-wide book distribution events. Eastport also received an environmentally themed lending library related to nature, conservation, and the Chesapeake Bay. This year, the "Read for Jane" fund is renewing support for the RIF program at Eastport Elementary and has also adopted the Tyler Heights Elementary School RIF program.
About The Annapolis Maritime Museum
The Annapolis Maritime Museum, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and commemorating the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the neighboring waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Located on Back Creek, right around the corner from City Dock, and designated an official Chesapeake Bay Gateways site by the National Park Service, the Museum is working to provide the vital connection for residents and visitorsÑboth children and adultsÑto the Chesapeake Bay's natural environment and culture through a variety of educational and public programs and exhibitions. For more information: www.amaritime.org or 410-295-0104.
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.
Peter DeLuca, Maroon PR