Ultimately, the goal of the Motivational Reading Program is to influence children’s reading behavior, as well as strengthen the literacy support of their schools and communities. A formal survey of our site coordinators was conducted in Spring 2009 to determine the impact of the program on children, schools and their communities. Based on 159 responses, the results clearly demonstrate the value of the program:
82% believe the program has increased students love of reading;
94% believe the program is a very important literacy tool for the school; and,
84% believe the program has increased parent and community involvement in the school.
The comments from volunteers were extraordinary, emphasizing how ownership of a new book can change the attitudes and behaviors of children and their parents:
Our students BEG for books all year long because of RIF. They have even started a book swap in some classes! So exciting!
We have students who, without the RIF books, would never own their own book at home. It gives the kids a real sense of pride in ownership and respect for books. CLEARLY, the RIF program has impacted our children and how they feel about books.
Children who would normally not pick up a book are reading. The sense of ownership over their own book is very important to these kids.
Students are excited about building their home libraries and having an opportunity to share their books with their parents.
The family involvement and the support the children are getting is helping them to see reading as a fundamental aspect of their daily life.
I have seen increased school wide support for reading…
Helping students to develop a feeling of “ownership” as a reader by providing a book they can keep, and by building their awareness that they have the choice to make reading fun.
The Motivational Reading Program targets communities in which Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California is often the first to introduce the concept and resources for “reading for fun” to the home.
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