Dear BOOK IT! friends,
One of our non-profit partners, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) needs your HELP!
On February 1, President Obama released his FY11 budget request which eliminates the funding for Reading Is Fundamental and its nationwide services. Without federal funding, more than 4.4 million children and families will not receive free books or reading encouragement from RIF programs.(see RIF's note below)
We have received tremendous support since we launched our Reinstate RIF's Funding Campaign. Thank you all for sending letters to your congressional members in the House of Representatives. As of February 28, we have 28 House representatives signed on to our Dear Colleague letter in support of RIF's funding, with more to come. View a list of current signers.
The House's deadline to sign the letter is March 5, so if your congressional member has not signed, please send a reminder message. It only takes a couple of minutes. We will be starting our outreach to the Senate soon, and you will have an opportunity to send your senators a message asking them to sign on in support of RIF's funding.
Please forward this message to your friends, colleagues, and contacts encouraging them to send a message as well. Also, spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, blogs or any other social networks to which you belong. Remember, your voice is the most important resource we have to make sure Congress reinstates RIF's funding.