Read Across America

Tomorrow (March 2nd) is Read Across America Day! Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) hopes to unite readers … all across America … with a day dedicated to reading.

The day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. The day occurs each year on the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, so a perfect way to celebrate is to don a Seussian hat and read one his famous tales, like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. On National Read Across America Day, students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading — join us!

Leihoku Welcomes RIF

Leihoku Elementary went above and beyond to welcome RIF volunteers to their school the other week! In addition to the incredible screen and signs, classes presented them with lei, thank you notes, and cookies.

The 5th grade student volunteers above meet weekly to plan and work on things, such as RIF visitations. Mahalo to all!

We’re back in person!

After not being able to visit our schools during the pandemic, we have finally resumed our book distributions in person instead of dropping off books three times a year. We added a new school, Fern Elementary, so they’re new to our program, but if any third graders at our other schools recall RIF reading to them in classrooms and giving them books, they would have been kindergarteners at the time. It’s so nice to be able to see children’s faces again as they actively participate in our visits and select their free books at the end of the session.

Fern Elementary volunteers with student helpers; Kalihi Elementary; Nanaikapono Elementary

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Donation

On a beautiful sunny day recently, these ladies of the Lambda Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented RIF with a generous $500 donation at the Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach. One of their members is a teacher at Kamaile Elementary, a school that RIF Honolulu serves. Some other members who are retired might be interested in volunteering with RIF.

Fun tidbit: The Lambda Chi Omega Chapter was chartered on March 24, 1978 in Honolulu, the same year RIF Honolulu was founded!
L to R: Latitia Byrant (AKA/LCO former president), LaTonya Conkleton (AKA/LCO vice-president), Susan Fuller (RIF Honolulu president), 
Faye Haraguchi (RIF Honolulu web admin), Tabidrik Reed (AKA/LCO recording secretary) 

Happy Holidays!

The national RIF organization sent us this card, saying, “Thank you for joining with Reading is Fundamental to spread the JOY of reading this season and all year long.”

I Opened A Book

Generous Book Donation

RIF Honolulu recently received a generous donation from Ann Whedbee, the mother of one of our volunteers, with instructions to purchase two specific titles. As a student she excelled in school, has always valued education, and is an avid, life-long reader.  She loves the RIF program, and decided at the end of last year she wanted to help.

She chose Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis because she feels it is important for children to be exposed to classic stories with a positive message.  Ann further wants to support local writers, and provide stories that local children can identify with, hence Ilima‘s book.  Ohana Means Family was selected after reading about a dozen books by local authors RIF Honolulu suggested and sent home for Ann‘s perusal.

Her photo above shows that a good book becomes a life-long friend and source of pleasure.  Mrs. Whedbee will be 105 on March 10, 2022.

It’s 2022!

📕 National Book Lovers Day❣️

National Book Lovers Day is August 9 to encourage bibliophiles to celebrate reading and literature 📚