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. Dr. Jane McCullen serves as President, Linda Hyslop as Vice-President, Betty Blevins as Treasurer, and Iris Walker as Secretary.
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.
Linda Hyslop, Vice-President of RIF, recently stated that “because of the United Way of Hopewell-Prince George, this program has continually served the young children of Hopewell for 25 years. Hopewell’s program is the oldest RIF Program in the state of Virginia for our local youth.