Reading is Fundamental is People Hearing People

LETS READ! The Community Action Program for Reading, commonly referred to as “Reading is Fundamental” (RIF), is a non-profit, charitable organization which uses its entire funding to purchase and distribute free reading books for school-age children in the Hopewell community, striving to motivate students to read and learn.

RIF targets children in grades pre-school through 8th in Hopewell public and private schools. Books are distributed to students in eight (8) schools, including Harry E. James, Dupont, Patrick Copeland, Patrick Copeland Annex, Carter G. Woodson, West End Christian, Virginia Pre-school, and the Head Start Program.

The local RIF Program works in conjunction with the National Reading is Fundamental program, seeking additional funding and support services from the National organization. With Standards of Living (SOL) testing now required by the State Department of Education, RIF officials have seen even more need to increase the emphasis on reading in order to enhance testing abilities by students in the school system.

The local RIF is directed by a number of present and former educators and those interested in the success of our students. Jan Butterworth is the Executive Director.

As a participating member agency of the United Way of Hopewell-Prince George, RIF receives funds annually from the United Way’s campaign, allowing RIF to continue with its fantastic program for our local youth.

The Community Action Program for Reading supports the efforts of the national Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Program. The local organization, founded in 1975 in order to strengthen literacy in Hopewell, supports students in preschool through grade eight. Students are invited to their school libraries for the book distributions at which time they may complete picture walks, participate in shared readings, and make book selections. The Community Action Program for Reading distributes over 7,000 free books annually to Hopewell children.