JULY 8 – Children First has been selected for a matching grant through the Reading is Fundamental literacy network for its commitment to lifelong learning. Books for Ownership is RIF’s flagship reading program that enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and is supported by resources for educators, caregivers and volunteers in order to create a continuous focus on literacy.
Rohn and Susan Schaefer of DG Ace Hardware provided matching funds to encourage a love of literacy among the community’s most at-risk youth. The RIF program improves reading performance, produces improved attitudes and supports children in learning.
Because only one in 300 low-income children own a book, Books for Ownership relies on a simple yet fundamental truth: If you allow children choice and access, they will become more engaged readers and learners. Children across the community face the dangers of up to two months’ learning loss over summer vacation, with low-income children facing the highest risk. The Schaefers’ gift and the Books for Ownership program helps to ensure that children are able to experience a love for lifelong learning and will be able to join their peers in the fall, on-pace and ready for success.
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