Reading is Fundamental

 

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest non-profit organization aimed at increasing children's access to literature nationwide.  Nearly 2/3 of low-income families in the United States own no books.  RIF's mission is to elliminate literacy disparities among children, provide reading materials and promote the joy of reading.  Kappa Kappa Gamma adopted RIF as its national philanthropy in 2004 and has been working to support the organization both financially and in its mission since. 

This year, the Chapel Hill Alumnae Associaton of KKG, planned a project to support RIF through its monthly book club meetings.  As avid readers ourselves, it is difficult to imagine what life would be like without access to literature.  For our January book club meeting, we chose a novel that examined the life of an individual with limited education and literacy skills.  As part of our discussion, we reflected upon the role literacy plays in our own lives and how an individual can be significantly impacted by the inability to read and write.  Following our discussion, we sent letters to national and local elected officials that had been designed by RIF, encouraging them to increase funding for educational programs.

This event was recognized and promoted as part of National Literacy Action Week, an annual event that highlights social justice and literacy themed projects nationwide.

To learn more about Reading is Fundamental, visit their website at www.rif.org.