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Tenth Street Elementary School Selected as Reading Is Fundamental National Program of the Month

Anderson, Ind., Program Turns Book Distributions into Large Productions

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2010 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected Tenth Street Elementary School as its national Program of the Month honoree for November.

Located in Anderson, Ind., Tenth Street Elementary’s RIF Coordinator Christina Smith Jones engages students by turning book distributions into big productions. At their latest distribution, Jones transformed the school’s cafeteria into a Wizard of Oz-themed set, complete with a homemade 8-foot-tall tornado and yellow bricks for students to exchange for additional books. The program also organized a spring-themed distribution in a butterfly garden. These events took place in addition to the school’s three requisite RIF book distributions.

“Christina Smith Jones invests a tremendous amount of her time and effort into making the RIF program at Tenth Street Elementary a great success,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “Her well-orchestrated productions are a creative way to engage students and help them discover the joy and value of reading. The program has gone above and beyond to promote literacy throughout their community.”

Jones’ distributions promote altruism as well as literacy. For the holidays, Jones organized a special RIF event that granted gifts for local families in need. And the culmination of a year-long penny drive for The Humane Society included the contributions of volunteers and their pets. The children chose their very own RIF book to keep, and received paw-print stickers and heart-shaped lollipops.

RIF launched the Program of the Month initiative to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill RIF’s mission, which relies on innovative programs promoting children’s literacy in their communities. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are discovering the joy of reading.

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 4.4 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.

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Tenth Street Elementary School Selected as Reading Is Fundamental National Program of the Month