Reading Is Fundamental and Junior League of Washington Bring 33,000 Free Books to D.C. Public School Children
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2012 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the Junior League of Washington (JLW) are bringing 33,000 books to D.C. Public School students this school year, 6,500 of which will be distributed this month. The initiative is part of JLW’s Resolution Read program – an effort launched this year to distribute 100,000 books in honor of the JLW’s centennial anniversary – and RIF’s D.C. initiative – bringing books to underserved children in the area.
“Through this partnership we’ll be giving children – many without a single book at home – the opportunity to choose five of their very own books,” said JLW President Wendy Cumberland. “These books can be the key to opening a child’s imagination. We’re so pleased to be uniting with Reading Is Fundamental in this critical work.”
“The Junior League of Washington has provided invaluable services to the city for 100 years,” said RIF’s President and CEO Carol H. Rasco. “We are deeply appreciative of the support from the Junior League of Washington, enabling us to give children in need their very own books – books that can spark a lifetime of ambition.”
Twenty-one D.C. Public Schools are participating in the initiative, including Savoy Elementary, which hosted a launch event for the partnership Dec. 11. Caldecott-winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky joined the celebration with a special read-aloud and interactive drawing session from his latest book “Z is for Moose” – part of RIF’s Multicultural Book Collection (www.rif.org/mbc). The Collection, which will also be awarded to each of the 21 schools involved in the initiative, features 40 children’s books themed around Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (or STEAM) subjects. For each title, RIF has developed free activity sets for children for parents and educators to use with children.
Photos of the launch event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rif_web/sets/72157632221168581/with/8265077124/
About Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
Reading Is Fundamental delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 400 million books in the hands of more than 35 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help provide books to kids who need them most, visit RIF.org.
About Junior League of Washington
Founded in 1912, Junior League of Washington is an organization of more than 2,400 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Over the past 100 years, JLW has provided more than five million hours of direct service and given more than $5.4 million to the Washington community. For more information, please visit www.jlw.org.