Watch Video – RIF Promotional Video, Auburn University CLA
For the past ten years our branch has participated in the RIF program by giving new books to elementary school students in our community. Our branch’s involvement was suggested by our late member, Winona Green, who knew that such a program would meet our AAUW goal of promoting lifelong education and positive societal change. RIF is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization and was founded in 1966 by Margaret Craig McNamara. The mission of RIF is to:
- Ensure that every child believes in the value of books and the importance of reading.
- Assist children and their families with the fundamental resources children need to become motivated to read.
- Lead in the creation and development of national, regional and local collaborations building strong community-based children’s and family literacy programs.
Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books each year. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Our local program serves third and fourth grade students at Grover Beach Elementary School, Oceano Elementary School, and Fairgrove Elementary School. Our AAUW branch’s RIF committee members visit the same classrooms three times each year, giving approximately 300 students 900 books. In many cases, the three RIF books the children select are the only ones they have ever owned. We present a short motivational program and offer the students a wide selection of books to choose, keep, take home, and read. We hope that our efforts will help spark a lifelong love of reading, and we know from the happy faces of students and teachers, and the thank you letters we receive, that we are helping to reach that goal. For more information on Reading is Fundamental, visit their website at www.rif.org