South Orangetown Community Elementary Schools PTA

William O. Schaefer Elementary School ~ Cottage Lane Elementary School

RIF - Reading is Fundamental

Coordinator: Faith Alexandre

WOS: January 22nd

CLE: January 29th

What is RIF?

RIF started in Washington, D.C., when Margaret McNamara began letting students she tutored choose and keep books that belonged to her grown children. Based on this experience, she organized a pilot program in three D.C. public schools. The first RIF book distribution was held on November 3, 1966. RIF's mission is to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.  All RIF programs:

  • Provide new, free books for children to choose and keep;
  • Involve community volunteers in children's reading; and 
  • Use motivational activities to spark a child's desire to read.

SOCES PTA participates in this wonderful program by providing free books to every SOCES student. RIF is one of the biggest programs we run - money we raise through our fundraisers is spent on purchasing books to distribute to each any every student in grades K through 5.  Our dedicated volunteers choose what kinds of books to offer, and they are in each building on distribution days helping students pick their books.  Volunteers also coordinate the motivational contests.

Email us if you'd like to volunteer for RIF or have questions about the program.

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