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Reading Is Fundamental Receives $140,000 Grant from Meadows Foundation

Over half a million children in South Texas to benefit from free books and literacy resources

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2008—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy organization, announced today it has received a $140,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation. The grant will be disbursed over the next three years and will support efforts of the South Texas Literacy Coalition; a group which aims to increase the number of print materials in children's homes by building family involvement in literacy–related activities, as well as building community awareness and an understanding of literacy.

The South Texas Literacy Coalition was established in early 2008 and brings together a range of partners that includes U.S. Representatives Rubén Hinojosa, Solomon Ortiz, and Henry Cuellar; national organizations like RIF; community leaders; and education experts from pre–K programs and elementary schools up to the university level.

"The generosity of the Meadows Foundation helps meet critical literacy needs in the South Texas community," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "With this grant, RIF will be better able to provide literacy trainings for parents and free books to their children through the RIF Family of Readers service."

Through Family of Readers parents develop the skills and self–assurance to take a leading role in supporting their children's reading and learning while their children learn to love books. Family of Readers currently serves more than 150,000 children and their parents nationwide, focusing on educationally at–risk children, from birth through elementary school.

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed over $550 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 2,000 Texas institutions and agencies.

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 4.6 million children with 15 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 Receives $140,000 Grant from Meadows Foundation