Wednesday, February 13, 2008

RIF in Danger

I read this at Chicken Spaghetti today:

"The literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental needs our help. From its web site, a message from Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO:

"President Bush’s proposed budget calling for the elimination of Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF) Inexpensive Book Distribution program would be devastating to the 4.6 million children and their families who receive free books and reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 20,000 locations throughout the U.S.

“Unless Congress reinstates $25.5 million in funding for this program, RIF would not be able to distribute 16 million books annually to the nation’s youngest and most at-risk children. RIF programs in schools, childcare centers, migrant programs, military bases, and other locations serve children from low-income families, children with disabilities, foster and homeless children, and children without access to libraries. The Inexpensive Book Distribution program is authorized under the Elementary & 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.

Continue reading the entire statement here.

Find information about contacting your Congressional representatives here."

We all need to get together and speak up about this one. I just followed the contact link above and sent emails to the President, VP, congressmen and reps from my district. It took me about 3 minutes. Go ahead and do it!

Thanks to Susan and Jen Robinson for alerting us!


Jen Robinson said...

Thanks for being a role model for positive action on this, Andi! I hope it makes a difference, too.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

You know it was actually very easy. I just put in my zip code and the form knew who all my congress people were. It's the least I could do!

MotherReader said...

Thanks, I did it too and will mention it on my blog.