Did you know that there is only 1 book for every 300 kids in poverty? Have you ever heard of RIF? It stands for Reading is Fundamental, and that it is. As a reading specialist, I witness the varying skills and abilities of children entering Kindergarten each year in our very own little suburb just south of Boston. Think about it. Do all homes have the opportunity to provide shelves and shelves of picture books? Does socio-economic status matter when it comes to achievement? What if mom and dad don’t speak English? What if that child has never been read to? This stuff sure does matter. And it is my job to narrow that gap. It’s a BIG job.
In honor of National Reading Month, Dollops of Diane and I have decided to team up and do some social good here on the world wide web. Since reading education is very near and dear to my heart, I am calling YOU to action. Whether you are a mom, a dad, a grandparent, a teacher, a Dr, or a CEO, we can all make a difference in a child’s life by providing ALL kids with more experiences with books. By raising money for RIF, we can narrow the gaps and give kids the foundation they need to succeed in school.
It’s simple. All you have to do is click DONATE and enter the dollar amount you’d like to give to kids who really need it. I’m also calling all of you to SHARE the widget with your friends and family to do the same. Want the widget for yourself? I invite you to take it and join our cause! Share it on twitter, facebook, email and pinterest. We can make a difference one book at a time. The more people we inspire to help, the more kids we reach. Let’s do this.
And here’s what RIF will do with the money we raise: