Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011

This morning at Kiwanis we were honored to welcome Cathy Dean Gafford to speak about the State sponsored RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program. Alabama clubs pick volunteers who travel to schools periodically during the year to read to children. Afterward, the book is given to the child to take home. It would amaze the average person to know that in many cases, that becomes the only book in that family's home. Statewide, 1 in 6 people are functionally illiterate. It has been proven by research that "reading to a girl or boy between 0 - 5 years of age helps set a habit that will determine their literacy in life." Over one million books have been read and handed out since this program started and we are proud to be part of those results.

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