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September 30th, 2009
SMCISD seeks matches for RIF grant

Vicki Partin, Bowie Elementary School Librarian, helping students.


San Marcos CISD will recieve a federal grant, worth in the neighborhood of $25,000, to help boost the reading performance of children in six SMCISD schools. The six schools will share the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) grant monies to provide books for ownership.

“If we are to eliminate the achievement gap in SMCISD schools, we have to remain focused on the reading ability of our students,” said Ronda Stonecipher, SMCISD Director of Instructional Technology and Libraries. “This grant will allow us to target our efforts on the children needing the most help learning to read and ensure that all students are receiving high quality reading instruction and have books to take home as their own.”

Founded in 1966, RIF is the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. It is a U.S. Department of Education federal matching grant program providing books for ownership for students attending economically disadvantaged schools.

According to the 2008 RIF Annual report, 543,875 children in Texas were served by a total of 187 programs at over 1,200 sites. There were more than 1.5 million books distributed through these programs.

RIF pays for 75 percent of the cost of the books, but it is up to SMCISD to raise monetary donations from the public to support the 25 percent matching funds.

The businesses and organizations that are helping with the 25 percent matching funds needed include, Noon Lions, Target, and school Parent Teacher Organizations. The district is seeking additional donors to help with the necessary 25 percent which must be raised exclusively from donations.

If you are interested in helping, contact Ronda Stonecipher at (512) 393-6755,

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