Reading Is Fundamental
contacts: Sarah Korenbaum, Julie Rader
For those of you who are unfamiliar with our program, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit children’s and family literacy organization. It is the goal of RIF to develop literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly. As a RIF site, our program has 2 parts: distributing free books to our students and providing a monthly program that motivates our children to read.
Throughout our participation in the RIF National Book Program, and with the support of the Amvet Parent Teacher Organization, we provide books for students (one book of their choice, free of charge) three times each school year. Our monthly program offers incentives for students to read. How does RIF work? At the beginning of each month, students will bring home a RIF calendar. Each calendar will have an explanation of the monthly RIF theme and the calendar will have space to record students’ reading time. Students can qualify for monthly rewards by reading at home (alone or with a parent), recording their time on the calendar and passing the calendar in on time. Each student may give themselves a check for each 15 minutes of reading (or being read to).
In each month’s calendar there will be suggested activities for the month. Your child may give themselves a check for each activity completed. Total the checks, both from your reading time and activities completed, and return the calendar to school by the due date.
Click on the RIF calendar on the left to download a copy of this month's calendar!
In April 2017 we celebrated Read Across America and held our second RIF distribution of the year. The Emerald Square Mall also came in to present a $5,000 check that will be used to support this wonderful program! Below is the photo taken at the check presentation!