Earlier this month I wrote about attempts to preserve stand-alone federal funding for the Reading is Fundamental program. See post here. I'd asked the national RIF folks to put me in touch with some local folks who could talk to me about the program. I wish they'd given me John Buntin Jr.'s phone number. He's the chairman of the Kiwanis Club of Kenmore's RIF program. He sent me an email today:
My Kiwanis Club (Kiwanis Club of Kenmore), has been distributing free books through the RIF Program for 31 years now, with almost 2,200 children in the Kenmore area receiving over 7,00 free books this year alone. We are very proud of the fact that we have given out over a quarter of a million books to over 80,000 Akron students in our 31 years of doing this program.