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RIF Awards Programs of the Month

Brooklyn Public Library, Havlicek Elementary School in Berwyn, Ill., and Denver Public Schools District Number One Recognized

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, May 21, 2008—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 May 2008. These three programs are based out of the Brooklyn Public Library (N.Y.), Havlicek Elementary School (Berwyn, Ill.), and Denver School District No. One.

“These three RIF programs have done outstanding jobs at motivating the children they serve 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 RIF programs in helping these children discover the joy of reading.”

The Brooklyn Public Library runs a consistently effective RIF program. Volunteers invest total commitment in national RIF activities, whether by involving U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke (NY-13) in one of their book distributions, or participating in national RIF contests. In addition, Brooklyn Public Library RIF recently received media attention for their exemplary program and its fight to save RIF’s funds. 

Havlicek Elementary School participated in the International Walk Your Child to School Day: Healthy Bodies, Health Minds. More than 1,000 children, parents, teachers, and community leaders in Berwyn, Ill., joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the annual International Walk to School Day. Parents then accompanied their children to class, where they found a quiet place to read together. This event, documented by local media, was a great success in their community.

Denver Public Schools District No. One serves more than 33,000 students. The school district has supported RIF’s mission on Capitol Hill, contributing many children’s letters and phone calls to support RIF’s Dear Colleague campaign. In addition, this program participates in all RIF special events, with one school winning the Hispanic Community Reading Challenge in 2007.
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.

Discover the Joy!

Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager


RIF Awards Programs of the Month