Last month, Granada Elementary School, in partnership with Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF), participated in the 1st Trimester Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Event for students in grades TK-2. RIF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to making sure every child in America has the ability to read and write effectively. They do this by providing students across the country with on site programs as well as raise awareness about the importance for reading
The event began with students enjoying a read aloud story titled "I'll Wait, Mr. Panda" by Steve Antony and learned about some of the story’s important lessons such as the importance of patience. After the reading session, students were able to choose their own book to take home to read in their free time. In handing out free books, the hope is that students take up reading as a leisure activity and continue to work towards reading proficiency through their own desire. Kindergarten students were also accompanied by their families at the RIF Event so that they could read the new books together. This student-parent engagement was extremely positive and was a vital step in reinforcing the importance of reading outside the classroom.
Granada is scheduled to hold two more RIF events this year, each of which will also provide students opportunities to own their own books and further develop a love for reading.