Barbara Webster School hands out free books to kids
Published:  November 18, 2015

Barbara Webster School, through a grant from the Reading is Fundamental  (RIF) organization, has passed out 928 books to 412 students.

The grant was sponsored by Macy’s. For 12 years, Macy’s has partnered with RIF, the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization. To date, more than 11 million books have been distributed to children who have limited access to books. More than half a million books will be distributed to children in underserved communities across America as a result of the 2015 Be Book Smart campaign.

Reading is Fundamental was founded by a reading tutor to underserved students in 1966. It is now the oldest and largest non-profit literacy organization in the United States. Supported by the US Department of Education in all 50 states, RIF also receives donations from corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals.

Roxanne Massar is the Reading Specialist at Barbara Webster School. She said the children were excited to be able to choose two books to keep. She said the school has been focusing on literacy.

The program goals of RIF include providing new, free books and literacy resources to children and their families; motivate children to read through festive book activities that accompany each book event; generate community support for literacy.

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