Do MORE for children's literacy in MAY!
May 2018
The RIF of NOVA " DO MORE 24 " donate link is live !!!

What's it all about?

Do More 24 is the region's largest 24-hour online fundraiser powered by United Way of the National Capital Area.

What does 24 signify?

The actual campaign runs for 24 hours...from 12:00 p.m. on May 17 to 12:00 p.m. on May 18 .

But for those who can't wait?

The campaign is live NOW!!! Any time -- from this very moment -- until noon on May 18, you can contribute to RIF of NOVA's literacy campaign.
How does it work?

Every two dollars -- $2.00 -- donated to RIF of NOVA = one book for a deserving child in the City of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. A book like... If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. ..and thousands more choices!
Why give?

Just look at the faces of Northern Virginia children who were able choose a RIF of NOVA book of their own to read, love, and share because of YOU and your contributions!!!
What difference does it make?

The stats are compelling...

Children growing up in homes with at least twenty books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class.

Children from lower-income homes have limited access to books. Because of this, preschoolers from low-income families have fewer home and preschool language and literacy opportunities than children from economically advantaged backgrounds – a major reason that they lag behind in reading achievement throughout the school years.

Children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

35 million U.S. adults have reading skills below a fourth-grade level. That's 1 in 6 U.S. adults.

RIF of NOVA is able to provide books to promote children's literacy only through donations from people like YOU!
From advance giving RIGHT NOW to the actual campaign from NOON on May 17 through NOON on May 18, you can contribute to our literacy campaign!

Last year via the Do More campaign, YOU -- our wonderful supporters -- gave over $4,000 to RIF of NOVA -- resulting in over 2,000 books for our kids. Let's top that this year!!! Thank you!!!!
Special giving idea!
Teacher Appreciate Week runs through May 12. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13. Give a donation to RIF of NOVA in honor or memory of a teacher or a mom, aunt, grandmother , or anyone special in your life who shared the joy and experience of reading with you!
RIF of NOVA Liaisons Celebrated during Literacy Lunch!
RIF of NOVA liaisons are on the front lines in schools and centers to distribute books to the children we serve. Each year, our liaisons are invited to meet the book sellers who provide new book choices for children. There is also a yummy lunch because, really, who can think without some good food! Liaisons from five RIF areas were honored with special congratulations for their support of RIF of NOVA activities.
Liaison Lunch table
Liaisons from area schools lined up for treats from the lunch buffet, which celebrated the return of spring (finally!).
Melissa Moyer, from Bookworm Central, spoke about children's books that are sure to please. Scholastic , AKJ Education , and Books4School were also there with book ideas!
Liaison Lunch John Adams
RIF board members Sheryl Leeds and Glenna Orr (from left) congratulated the team from Alexandria's John Adams Elementary: liaison Tsion Bezu, parent rep Nidia Menacho, and librarian Heather Roush.
Liaison Lunch ACC laughing
RIF board member Christine McLaughlin (m) had a great laugh with liaisons from Fairfax West's ACCA Child Development Center: Jasmeet Kaur (l) and Le-Dung Le (r).
Liaison Lunch PWC
(l-r) Board members Melba Smith-Dudley and Emma Williams posed with Prince William County liaisons from Marumsco Hill ES, Sharon Nottingham and Julie Platt.
Liaison Victoria Washington from Crestwood Elementary in Springfield is flanked by RIF of NOVA board members Elizabeth Promen (l) and Chris Bury (r).
Liaison Lunch Arlington
At left is liaison Carolyn Fleming, librarian from Arlington's Randolph Elementary School, being congratulated by RIF of NOVA board members Anne Godfrey (m) and Gloria Johnson (r).
In addition to Do More 24 , there are other ways to help...

1) You can give at any time via PayPal on the RIF of NOVA website .

2) You can send a check to our mailbox: P.O. Box 7012, Arlington, VA 22207-0012.

3) You can register with 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.
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