Obama Eliminates Reading is Fundamental Funding

As a mother of two children, I know it is vital to their learning and development for them to fall in love with books, much like I did when I was a little girl. Finding out that our President Obama has decided to cut funding for Reading is Fundamental programs has me very frustrated. I want my children to love books. I know that in this day and age, many children find their “Creativity” through television and video games. Books are passion and education all in themselves. They give our children imagination.

The following is an official press release from Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental.

“On February 1, President Obama released his proposed FY2011 budget which eliminates the funding for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and its nationwide services. Without this federal funding, over 4.4 million children and families will not receive free books or reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 17,000 locations throughout the U.S.

“Unless Congress reinstates $25 million in funding for this program, RIF will not be able to distribute 15 million books annually to the nation’s children at greatest risk for academic failure. RIF programs in schools, community centers, hospitals, military bases, and other locations serving children from low-income families, children with disabilities, homeless children, and children without adequate access to libraries. The Inexpensive Book Distribution program is authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (SEC.5451 Inexpensive Book Distribution Program for Reading Motivation) and is not funded through earmarks. It has been funded by Congress and six Administrations without interruption since 1975.

“Since its founding in 1966, RIF has played a critical role in improving literacy in this country by providing new, free books for children to keep and build home libraries. Access to books and the power of choice ignite children’s hunger for knowledge and a passion for learning. In addition, research has shown that children who have more access to books not only perform better academically, but also become productive individuals whose contributions help create strong communities. On behalf of RIF and its network of over 400,000 volunteers nationwide, I urge all Americans to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to reinstate funding for this vital program.”

Act Now: RIF.org/saverif

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4.4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

Please get involved today to show Congress why Reading Is Fundamental is so important to the youth of America. Our children are our future. It literally took only a few minutes to share a letter with my Congressmen via that RIF Site.

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  1. I agree with using everything you can to get children to love books and reading but the best way to do that is to have books in your home and for them to see you (the adult) enjoying reading and for you to read to them.
    .-= Kelly W´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Fry Bouquet =-.

  2. That’s crap. Just like with No Child Left Behind, teachers are told to aim for the middle and hope for the best when they teach their classes. My husban dis seeing the effects in his college students, and it’s appalling.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Army Life – Tricare and ASUs =-.

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