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Action Alert – Save RIF's Funding

Via Booksqure and then Book Club Girl – Funding for RIF (Reading is Fundamental) is cut in the 2009 Federal Budget You can get involved through this link. And by cut, I mean their book distribution program has been totally de-funded.

From Kay McSpadden’s article in the Charlotte Observer: Despite the overwhelming research that shows literacy is the most important skill for any child to acquire for future success, President Bush’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2009 eliminates the Inexpensive Book Distribution administered by RIF. Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (SEC.5451), the Inexpensive Book Distribution program is not funded by earmarks and has been supported by Congress and every administration since 1975 until this one.

There are a lot of children in this country who don’t have huge libraries in their neighborhoods. Their schools are underfunded and they don’t have support at home for reading. It’s programs like RIF who have supported and encouraged kids to read and in doing so, gives them tools to overcome these stumbling blocks.

From RIF’s Site: RIF programs offer enriching activities that spark children’s interest in reading. And every child involved with RIF gets to choose and keep new books, at no cost to the children or their families.

Although RIF programs are run in a variety of communities, some of RIF’s most important work occurs in communities where students are at great risk of educational failure. Wherever kids are served—at schools, libraries, childcare centers, Head Start programs, parks, community centers, health clinics, migrant camps, or domestic shelters—RIF can make a difference!

This article by teacher Kay McSpadden is illustrative of just exactly why a program like RIF is important. It’s a small thing to most of us with bookshelves to the ceilings, but to a kid who never had a book to call her own until they got one from the RIF program, it’s huge.

3 comments to “Action Alert – Save RIF's Funding”

  1. kate r
    March 18th, 2008 at 1:28 pm · Link

    about you over at Karen’s and nothing to do with your own blog:
    *Sheesh* Figures you’d have a good answer and grasp what constitutes professional behavior, Lauren D. You and Beth Williamson seem to have that panache to the tips of yer fingers. Give a talk at some Romance Convention about Behaving Well 101 at some and I’ll show up, seriously!!

  2. laurendane
    March 18th, 2008 at 4:15 pm · Link

    LOL, aw, thanks Kate. I have my fair share of excited utterances and spelling mistakes here from time to time so I’m so NOT perfect.

  3. Christine
    March 19th, 2008 at 6:43 am · Link

    Well I just emailed my congesswoman I hope it does some good. If enough of scream and yell maybe we can make a difference.

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