Sad :( One more thing coming off my plate - not something I wanted to give up either.

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Sad :( One more thing coming off my plate - not something I wanted to give up either.
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Tue, 09-18-2012 - 3:28pm

Heard from the curriculum office - RIF is no longer in exsistance. No wonder I had to call looking for our budget information. After all of those years feeling like Chicken Little, sending e-mails that it was going to be cut from the federal budget, and having it reinstated year after year, this year there was nothing and funding was not just reduced, but 100% cut. No mention from the district, no e-mails from RIF, nothing.

I guess at least we only have one date scheduled. Frees up my schedule a little over the next 4 years :smileysad:. I LOVE doing RIF, ordering the books with my friends/other parents, setting up, coming up with activities, spending the day helping the kids pick out books. Always exhausted at the end of the day, but so worth it.

In the meantime I will be a bit busier, making an inventory of the books we have, figuring out what we need, if we can get a discount from the two companies we usually order from, and hoping with PTA help we can pull off at least one full distribution at our school this year. I have a few ideas to at least get books for the younger grades as we won't have federal restrictions... but one step at a time. sigh.

 

Michelle
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{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}

I hope that you are able to find a way to fund the program this year.

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That is sad. SInce RIF is a non-profit and appears to still exist, I am guessing what happened is the federal grant money to get books through RIF disappeared? I was just wondering the other day how different my girls would be IF I had not had a love of books that I passed on to them. You can't really quantify that. All the time that we spent reading, all the time that they spend reading still. Emilee gets accused of using big words all the time. LOL, she wanted to use eloquently in class yesterday and then didn't get the opportunity, and she said it was just as well because people would have looked at her like she was a two-headed chicken.
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{{{{{HUGS}}}}} I'm so sorry. A love of reading is so important! I have no doubt you can find a way to make a distribution happen. No doubt whatsoever. <3

&nb
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I love that story! So eloquently told ..... :smileywink:

&nb
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I want to 'like' this story Karen! Where is my like button, lol? Sarah is like that with her words too, and we all chuckle when she does use them. Awesome. It's a happy thing.

Thanks guys. Yup Karen, all the federal grant money was slashed last March apparently. Principal says some things will be added back in after the election (stupid stupid stupid), so hopefully. I mean, all the education reform they are taking away free books to kids who don't have the money for food (80 % served are on free lunch program), or live in a safe area with a library or transportation to a library. sigh. My kids certainly don't need them, but they look back on RIF with fondness, and 50+% of our school is on at least reduced price lunches. Some schools are much much higher.

Julie, we DO have PTA money set aside to pay our portion of the books (25%), so we can do it. I'd forgotten about that! woo! Not sure how much more we can do as PTA funds all field trips - 2 a year for each grade science or art based - since that budget was cut 4 years ago. Tonight Mira read me The Gollywhopper Egg. Book my parents gave me as a gift when I was in elementary. I LOVED and appreciated books as gifts, never realized just how lucky I was back then.

Michelle