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March 6th, 2010
Reading program has well-known volunteers

030310reading San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams read to toddlers as an RIF volunteer. Photo by Jennifer Vogel.


The sixth annual Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Community Leaders Reading Program for San Marcos CISD was very successful this year in getting prominent citizens to read to kids.  The program’s goals are to reinforce language and reading skills for young children aged 2-5. The event also included some teen parents who are attempting to complete their high school studies.

Jennifer Vogel, director of the San Marcos CISD Child Development Center (CDC), invited several well-known citizens to come to the center during a two-week period, to sing, read, perform or do other activities that reinforce language and reading skills for young children.

The distinguished citizens usually volunteered one morning to read with the toddlers and teens.

The community leaders who participated include San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Police Chief Howard Williams, Dr. Sue Harrison, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer, children’s playwright Charles Pascoe, city Assistant Director of Environmental Services Mark Brinkley, and Kay Gibbons. Texas State men’s basketball coach Coach Doug Davalos also participated, and so did some of his players.

Not surprisingly, one of the most popular highlights of the programs was San Marcos Assistant Fire Chief Len Nored and the big, red fire truck he brought.

The end of the program featured the big RIF book giveaway to the children.

Most people need no introduction to RIF, which has been a familiar book supplying program in schools and communities since the early 1970s.

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