Reading Is Fundamental and Buddig Be A Reader Campaign Make Stop in St. Louis to Boost Children’s Literacy
Support Young Readers with Donation to Be A Reader Virtual Book Drive
[St. Louis, MO] – (Aug. 10, 2012) – To help nourish young minds, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the Buddig Be A Reader campaign are making a stop in St. Louis to raise funds to support local children’s literacy initiatives. For a second year the lunchmeat brand will donate a minimum of $100,000 to RIF. With literacy partners like the St. Louis Public Schools RIF motivates young children to read by working with them, their parents and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of every day life. Last year working with its local volunteer network RIF distributed more than 64,000 books to nearly 26,000 underserved children in the St. Louis area.
The Be A Reader campaign is calling on compassionate friends to join the cause by giving through an online Virtual Book Drive this summer to provide free, new books to underserved children. Help give them a head start by donating to the Be A Reader Virtual Book Drive at http://www.buddig.com/be_a_reader.aspx. In addition, for everyone who visits rif.org/like and “likes” Reading Is Fundamental’s Facebook page during the month of August, Buddig will make a $2.50 donation matching up to $5,000 to support local RIF literacy programs.
“Access to books and early literacy resources is critical to improving reading proficiency among St. Louis’ at-risk youth,” said Sheila Smith-Anderson, executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development for St. Louis Public Schools. “Today there’s an average of just one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods. The Be A Reader campaign is helping Reading Is Fundamental to close that gap and your contribution can make a meaningful difference.”
As students prepare to head back to school, RIF and St. Louis Public Schools offer these timely tips for raising readers of every age:
- Start reading to your children when they are very small and make this time together a special time without everyday distractions. Continue reading aloud to children even after they’re reading on their own.
- Choose books carefully and ask your kids what they like and don’t like. Your children’s input will help you guide them to good books.
- Encourage your child to read aloud to younger brothers, sisters, family members or friends.
- Make a commitment to read aloud at least once a day. Even 15 minutes of daily reading can make a big difference in your child’s reading comprehension and literacy development.
- Set a good example by reading frequently and sharing your enthusiasm for reading. Talk about the books you read and your favorite authors.
Visit http://www.buddig.com/be_a_reader.aspx to make a donation of $5 or $10 and you’ll receive a coupon from Buddig lunchmeats. Larger donations could earn you an insulated lunch bag or backpack. Funds raised through the Be A Reader Virtual Book Drive will be used to purchase new books for participating RIF youth.
As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has provided 400 million books to more than 35 million children since its founding in 1966. Due to RIF’s loss of federal funding last year, corporate funding and consumer advocacy have become important keys to achieving the organization’s mission.
To learn more about the Be A Reader campaign visit www.rif.org or www.buddig.com.