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Brownville Elem. is RIF Site Champion

June 01, 2003 - BROWNVILLE

Brownville Elementary School is Reading Is Fundamental's (RIF) National Read With Me Site Champion!

Brownville Elementary School is the Reading Is Fundamental's (RIF) National Read With Me Site Champion for the 2003 RIF Community Reading Challenge in 2003. On Friday, Brownville Elementary School celebrated with a huge award assembly honoring the 90 children, their staff, and the numerous community members who participated. The ceremony featured the hanging of our championship flag, presentations of the Reading Challenge Certificate and presentation of medals to the students.

The children and community volunteers at this site earned the distinction out of more than 1,100 sites and 360,000 children that pledged to participate nationwide. The challenge seeks to motivate children to read for fun and enlists the powerful support of families and communities in the struggle for a more literate America.

During two weeks in January and February, 30 community members read with children and participated in fun-filled reading activities. 90 children took a personal challenge to complete literacy-related activities at home and to meet reading goals.

In April, RIF National announced two winners for each state, a large site and small site (serving less than 350 students) as well as a large and small-site national champion. The winners were determined through a scoring system that factored the number of children at the site who met reading goals and completed bonus literacy-related activities and the number of family and community members who participated in the site's reading events. Each state champion receives $200 in gift cards to purchase books for the site's library, a championship flag, a commemorative certificate and necessary materials to create a fun-filled awards ceremony.

Brownville students were treated to their final RIF distribution, an awards assembly where parents, friends, and media were invited, and a table laden with treats for all the children and guests. Each child also received a beautiful medal honoring them for their success.

Special recognition should go to Mrs. Linda Lumbra, reading specialist, who not only coordinated the challenge at Brownville Elementary School, but also is a champion of reading for all kids in Brownville. Her energy and enthusiasm has made this award, and this award assembly, possible for these children.

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