Fall for Reading!!!
October 2016

What better way to kick off the fall than a birthday party!  And it was a twofer!  National RIF is celebrating its 50th birthday this year...50 years of providing books to deserving children throughout the nation.  RIF of NOVA is not far behind at (almost) age 45!  Liaisons from each of the 38 schools and sites served in the City of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties joined RIF of NOVA board members to share success stories about book distributions, to note the impact of book ownership on area children, and to celebrate the many years of promoting literacy!
Reading Rainbow helps celebrate with a great offer by October 31!
To celebrate RIF’s 50th anniversary, Reading Rainbow is offering 50% off the purchase of the Skybrary Family, which provides unlimited reading and exclusive educational videos for users. Enter code RIF50 by October 31 for this offer:  https://www.readingrainbow.com/skybrary-family.
This Big Red Dog brought love and enthusiasm for books to the children at Fairfax's South County Center.  With whiskers, black noses, and floppy red ears, the children greeted Clifford with “high fives,” hugs, and huge smiles.  They eagerly showed him their new RIF selections. Clifford gave a special nod when he saw how many children had picked Clifford books which were available in English or Spanish.  A few little ones, a bit scared by all that red fur, shared hugs and smiles with a smaller stuffed Clifford.   Stories, red juice and cookies, and Clifford coloring sheets added to the festivities.  Clifford left this book party very happy that these children were continuing to enjoy books during the summer months. 
If you'd like to help provide books to needy and deserving children in our region...
...and you are a Federal employee, retiree, or a government contractor...
...please consider giving to RIF of NOVA via the Combined Federal Campaign, the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government. The campaign runs through December 15, 2016.  Learn more here!  Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. can be found at this link:  https://cfctoday.org/who-is-in-the-campaign.  Type us in by name or by our number # 18818.

...at smile.amazon.com and type in Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. to select us as the charity you want to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to RIF of NOVA.
...Or if you like coupons...
...Shop Online And Help is a coupon site that raises funds for non-profits. A percentage of your purchase is donated WITHOUT the need to register or download unwanted software...it's EASY.   Simply go to: http://shoponlineandhelp.com/rif-nova/, select a merchant, select a coupon, then shop normally. The average donation amount is between 1% and 15% on qualified items.  The list of vendors is amazing -- from Aeropostale to Best Buy to Safeway to Walmart!
Or if you would like to donate directly...

Donors can give via Paypal on the RIF of NOVA website www.rifnova.org.
Thank you, Macy's Cardholders!

A big thanks to all Macy’s Cardholders who joined Macy’s the Thanks For Sharing campaign. Together, we raised $15 million for charities like RIF of NOVA! This means more books for kids right here in the City of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties! Whoo hoo!!!

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