Thursday, February 7, 2008

URGENT! Bush is going to cut the RIF Program!

I personally benefited from this program and still have my RIF books from when I was little girl. In a time where there is a significant decline in reading, it is just crazy to be eliminating this program. On the contrary, their budget should be increased so that they can get more books to more kids.

FROM CAROL H. RASCO, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental

The President’s proposed fiscal year 2009 budget released yesterday eliminates the Inexpensive Book Distribution Program, which is the RIF Book Distribution Program. Unless Congress reinstates funding for this program, RIF would be unable to distribute 16 million books annually to the nation’s youngest and most at-risk children.

RIF will work hard with our Congressional champions to demonstrate the importance of reinstating RIF’s funding in this budget. The process will be long and involve significant time and energy. We will need active supporters like you with us every step of the way. We know with certainty your voice, as a constituent, is the most important resource we have to make sure Congress reinstates RIF’s funding.

Please ACT NOW and help RIF build support for reinstating the funding by sending an e-mail now to your members of Congress asking them to support the reinstatement of RIF’s funding in the coming budget process.

Remember once that Bush wanted to be considered the "education president." As laughable as it now seems, he is still the sitting president and as much as we all want to pretend that Bush isn't there, he is. He can still do a lot of damage before he is out the door. Please act to save this vital program for our neediest children.

3 comments:

penandspindle said...

A country is only as powerful and successful as its system of education.

jenn said...

Amen.

naysue said...

Bush is trying to do more in his final months of office than he's done in his entire presidency. Have you ever wondered what Bush's favorite books are? I can only imagine.

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