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Reading Is Fundamental Names December Programs of the Month

Programs in Statesboro, Ga., Wynne, Ark., and Greeley, Colo., Recognized for Literacy Efforts

WASHINGTON, January 1, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, has named its three Programs of the Month award recipients for December 2009 to recognize outstanding literacy programs across the country. These three programs are: Statesboro Regional Library (Statesboro, Ga.), Wynne Intermediate School (Wynne, Ark.), and the Centennial BOCES Migrant RIF Program (Greeley, Colo.).

"Each of these programs has done a wonderful job of bringing the joy of reading to the youth in their communities," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "RIF is excited to honor each program for the work they have done inspiring children to continue to take pleasure in reading."

Statesboro Regional Library-Statesboro, Ga.
Celebrating their 30th year of service, the Statesboro Regional Library RIF program is a 57-site operation. Through efforts like the "End of the School Year" distribution, where books are given to nearly 6,000 children, this program raises awareness throughout the Statesboro region. RIF coordinator, Elaine McDuffie, has dedicated 25 years to impacting children's lives through her many efforts including partnering with the county department of education.

Wynne Intermediate School-Wynne, Ark.
Located in the Arkansas Delta, the Wynne Intermediate School RIF program serves 462 children in the 4th and 5th grades. For the past 16 years, Wynne Intermediate School has held engaging motivational activities for both students and parents. With the closest bookstore 50 miles away, families depend on the RIF program to enjoy reading together. New RIF coordinator, Kaley Boeckmann, looks forward to continuing the traditions of RIF and its mission in the community.

Centennial BOCES Migrant RIF Program-Greeley, Colo.
For six years, the Centennial BOCES Migrant RIF program has been serving 2,956 children at 95 sites throughout this rural area. RIF coordinator, Christine Muldoon, makes a tremendous impact on migrant students in the area. During "Parent and Children Together Time," parents and children are offered a 12-week Family Literacy Program that provides English classes, tools, and strategies for parents to read to their children. The program also offers the students workshops to improve their math and reading skills.

RIF's Programs of the Month initiative was launched to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill the mission of RIF, which depends on programs like these to promote children's literacy. 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 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.

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Reading Is Fundamental Names December Programs of the Month