RICHMOND, Va. (June 4, 2014)—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected the Greater Richmond ARC to receive 360 new books that will be given to children with developmental disabilities participating in ARC's Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program this year.
Funding for the book donation was provided from Macy's.
“It is important to foster a love of reading beginning at an early age,’’ said Cara Coffman, co-director of ARC’s ICDS program, adding that one of the organization’s goals is providing each child with one book per month to promote reading and help families build at-home
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Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more and to help provide books to children who need them most, please visit www.RIF.org.
“We know that one of the best ways to enhance language and cognitive skills is through books,“ Coffman added, saying that research continues to show that access to books and family engagement in reading activities are important factors in ensuring a child’s success in school – and their future.
“We are very grateful for the support of organizations like RIF and companies such as Macy’s, who have made it possible for our group to provide books to each of the children in our program, and the lifelong benefits that come with enjoying them,” Coffman added.