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Reading With Kate
Celebrity Charities – Actress Kate Beckinsale has joined the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program and the Nestlé “Share the Joy of Reading” program, to help raise awareness for National Reading Month. RIF is the largest program advocating for children’s literacy and Nestlé will donate up to $250,000 to the program during this promotion.
“Reading has had an enormous, positive impact on my life and I encourage people to support organizations such as RIF that work to ignite a child’s hunger for knowledge and inspire imagination,” stated Beckinsale, a mom and self-described avid reader.
RIF provides books and literacy resources to more than four million children nationwide each year, but government budget cuts and the economic downturn have taken their toll on the invaluable services the organization provides. RIF lost its federal funding in the last budget cycle now awaits word on whether funding will be rewarded through a new grant process.
Exposing children to reading at an early age is considered an important part in child development and growth. However, statistics reveal children living in poverty often fail to achieve success in school, more than 60% of poor U.S. families have no books at home, while 45% of such children between 3 and 5 are not read to at home.
Nestlé has been partnering with RIF for over 20 years – We guess you could say they are a seriously sweet supporter.
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Find out more about RIF’S Partnership with Nestle here.
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