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To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank many organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to make sure children in preschool through fifth grade of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District will again receive three books of their choice to keep for their very own next year.

For the past 30 plus years, our school district has been fortunate to be linked with the RIF Foundation (Reading if Fundamental). This is a non-profit national literacy foundation dedicated to getting books into the hands of children. They have always provided most of the funding to buy the three books the children get to choose and keep every year. This year the federally funded RIF program was notified it would not be receiving any funding. This left us to decide whether to keep the valuable program alive in our community. We decided it was too important not to continue it for the children and began fundraising to purchase books.

Many organizations and individuals recognized the importance of the cause for our children and we would like to thank all of them for their support and generous monetary contributions.

A tremendous thanks to Rex Energy, Rosebud Mining, Carrollton Schools Alumni Foundation, Carrollton Education Association, Dellroy PTO, Carrollton PTO, Augusta PTO, Betty Kaye Bakery, Harsh Memorial United Methodist Church Women’s Society, Carrollton Business Women, Carrollton Rotary Club, Carrollton Book Club, Carrollton Civic Club, Denny and Marty Jones, Joe and Rose Seck and Deborah Garaux.

There are many volunteers who help RIF run smoothly throughout each school year at all of our elementary schools and we could not get the books to the children without them. A very heartfelt thanks to Missy Williams, Kristine Stenger, Melonie Garrett, Vera Fox, Debbie Eshler, Cissy Bright, Darlene Smith, Darlene Hutt, Mary Ann Erwin, Tracy Marteney, Hailey Westfall, Amy Spears, Cindy Olivito, Becky Moughiman, Richard Stone and Grace Gardner. Thanks also to the children and sponsors of the CES who participated in the Right To Read Week Read-a-Thon held this spring.

Much appreciation to Leigh Ann Rutledge and The Free Press Standard for the wonderful article about RIF and our fundraising efforts.

It took many wonderful people to make this happen. We are forever grateful to all of you for your support. We are a very blessed community!

Doreen Abrahims
RIF Coordinator
Carrollton Exempted Village Schools
Carrollton, OH

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