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RIF HONORED BY CAMPAIGN FOR GRADE-LEVEL READING

We love helping to create a world filled with lifelong book lovers which is why we were so excited to be honored for 50 years of bringing the joy of reading to children and families nationwide by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Ralph Smith, managing director for the Campaign, noted how RIF’s commitment to giving children their own new books is a simple yet powerful tool for unlocking a love of learning and setting them on a path to success throughout life (and we nearly blushed).

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Ralph Smith, managing director for the Campaign, noted how RIF’s commitment to giving children their own new books is a simple yet powerful tool for unlocking a love of learning and setting them on a path to success throughout life (and we nearly blushed).

The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. Their work focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. This is a critical milestone on a child’s path to high school graduation and success later in life because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives.

That is why starting this summer, RIF is offering matching grants to ten Campaign for Grade-Level Reading sites to implement RIF’s Read for Success program intervention! This evidence-based program incorporates teacher training, high-quality books for both classrooms and personal ownership, and curriculum-aligned activities to improve reading proficiency for young readers who are at risk of losing some of the learning they’ve acquired throughout the school year during the summer months. We are thrilled to bring the Read for Success model to the communities served by the Campaign. Together we can continue influencing the lives of the children through the joy of reading.