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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

Salinas Reading Is Fundamental


Our mission is to provide our approximately 13,000 pre- school to sixth grade students with the opportunity to choose three free books a year, books they may take home, read, and keep forever. Freely choosing is essential!

The Big Idea

Our project allows children to freely choose 2 or 3 books a year so that children may take home books to read and keep forever. Research (Newman 2000) says that the cheapest way to improve literacy for low SES students is to give them access to print. Children need books in their homes and that is what we provide.

Growing up we were so grateful to be able to receive books from organizations like yours especially the RIF program. We grew up really poor and reading books gave us encouragement for success, our parents always pushed us to do well in school and read, read and read! Thank you for all that you guys do for our kids and community. Thank you………….Ba Ba Tang, Union Bank Manager and Director, Salinas, CA

- Ba Tang