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Reading Is Fundamental to Distribute More Than 13,000 Books to 44 D.C. Public Schools on May 19 as Part of "RIF Day"

RIF to Partner with the Washington Nationals in Several Events as Part of the Day's Activities

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, today announced it will distribute more than 13,000 free books to 44 public elementary and charter schools throughout the District of Columbia as part of "RIF Day" in Washington, D.C. Through a partnership with the Washington Nationals, there will be multiple events throughout the day promoting the importance of reading in a child's life.

"RIF is excited to continue the work our founder started here in 1966 by handing out thousands of free books to children all across the Washington, D.C., region," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "We are very proud to partner with the Washington Nationals organization to help students throughout the District discover the excitement reading can bring to their life."

The "RIF Day" activities will begin at 11 a.m. with a book reading event at the Washington Nationals' adopted school, Kimball Elementary School. RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco and a Washington Nationals player will host 45 2nd-grade students. They will read a children's book to the students and discuss how reading is both fun and important. Rasco and the Nats' designated reader will also assist the children with motivational activities.

In addition to the event at Kimball Elementary School, the Washington Nationals will host "RIF Night" at the Nationals-Pittsburgh Pirates game on May 19. As part of the festivities, nine students from Kimball Elementary School will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on the field.

RIF will also host a community kiosk at the game, where RIF officials will provide attendees with RIF information and giveaways.

The 44 public elementary and charter schools that will benefit from the 13,000 book distribution will include:


Cleveland Elementary School

Tubman Elementary School

Plummer Elementary School


Brightwood EC

Beers Elementary School

Emery EC

West EC

Ketcham Elementary School

Maury Elementary School

Whittier EC


Peabody Elementary School

Mann Elementary School

Moten @ Wilkinson Elementary School

Shaed EC

DC Prep - Edgewood

Orr Elementary School

Wilson Elementary School

Imagine Hope Community Charter School

Randle Highlands Elementary School

Brent Elementary School

Burroughs EC

Savoy Elementary School @ Birney

Payne Elementary School

Burrville Elementary School

Stanton Elementary School

Tyler Elementary School

DC Prep - Benning

Winston EC

Eaton Elementary School

Houston Elementary School

Excel Public Charter School

Hearst Elementary School

Kenilworth Elementary School

King Elementary School

Reed Learning Center

Kimball Elementary School

Simon Elementary School

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View


Terrell/McGogney Elementary School

Raymond Elementary School



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 to Distribute More Than 13,000 Books to 44 D.C. Public Schools on May 19 as Part of "RIF Day"