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RIF Awards March Programs of the Month

Programs in Shoreham, N.Y.; Marion, Ind.; and Casper, Wyo. Recognized for Literacy Efforts

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2009—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 March 2009. These three programs are based out of Briarcliff School PTO (Shoreham, N.Y.), Lincoln Elementary School (Marion, Ind.), and Friends of Natrona County Public Library (Casper, Wyo.).

"These three RIF programs have done an outstanding job at motivating children to read," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "Studies show that children who read for pleasure do better in school. RIF is proud to recognize the work of these programs for their achievement in helping children discover the joy and value of reading."

Briarcliff School PTO has been providing children in need with free books for more than 30 years. RIF Coordinator Kim Sabino currently oversees the program, which serves 312 children ages 5-8. Sabino put extra effort into having Rep. Tim Bishop (NY-1), a councilwoman, the superintendent, and other community leaders attend a RIF book distribution. Briarcliff School PTO consistently does a great job engaging the entire community and involving leaders in their distributions.

Lincoln Elementary School has been providing free books to children ages 5-11 since 2007. Partly funded by Dollar General, the program serves 315 children. RIF Coordinator Billie Frossard and other volunteers organized a back-to-school book event at Lincoln Elementary to help children get excited about reading in the new school year. Parents participated in the book distribution, and the local newspaper highlighted the event.

Friends of Natrona County Public Library serves 1,031 children ages 3-12. This RIF program has been providing free books to children in need for more than 30 years. Youth Services Coordinator Jerry Jones also serves as coordinator of the RIF program. Jones wrote an article in The Casper Journal highlighting the library's efforts to promote literacy in community schools and RIF's role in advancing their mission. The public library offers local children and their families a variety of literacy activities throughout the year-including the RIF distributions and a summer reading program. Friends of the Library gave 3,134 books to 2nd and 5th graders in Title I schools last year.

RIF launched the Programs of the Month initiative 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.

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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RIF Awards March Programs of the Month