Reading Is Fundamental to Distribute Free Books to More Than 16,000 Students at 47 Schools Throughout Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON, November 10, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, today announced it will distribute free books to more than 16,000 students at 47 public elementary and charter schools throughout the District of Columbia as part of its DC Initiative.
RIF's DC initiative is a program that began in 2006 in honor of its 40th anniversary. During the school year, RIF staff will join with local volunteers to participate in three city-wide book distribution events. The initiative's first distribution for the school year will kick-off with a Skype-facilitated cultural exchange between RIF programs at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Washington D.C. and William Tyson Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. The students will conduct a read-aloud of Totem Tale: A Tall Story From Alaska by Deb Vanasse and Erik Brooks and discuss American Indian/Alaska Native culture in observance of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. As a special surprise, Washington Capitals player Brendan Morrison will visit with the students and share his love for reading. Washington Capitals' mascot Slapshot will also join in the celebration.
"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 have committed volunteers and the Washington Capitals join us to help students throughout the District discover 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.