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National nonprofit donates new books to KDES students for the 11th year

Image: KDES librarian Cynthia Sadoski signs THANKS while KDES students fingerspell R-I-F, expressing their appreciation to Reading Is Fundamental. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

KDES librarian Cynthia Sadoski signs THANKS while KDES students fingerspell R-I-F, expressing their appreciation to Reading Is Fundamental. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: At the May 31 book distribution, Amo Konkel-Harmon browses available books. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

At the May 31 book distribution, Amo Konkel-Harmon browses available books. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Amo Konkel-Harmon narrows his choices to two books, Yeti Spaghetti and Mouse Tales. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Amo Konkel-Harmon narrows his choices to two books, Yeti Spaghetti and Mouse Tales. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Too hard to choose! Amo Konkel-Harmon tries to get teacher Melissa Shumate to raise two fingers for two books. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Too hard to choose! Amo Konkel-Harmon tries to get teacher Melissa Shumate to raise two fingers for two books. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Okay, one book it is! The winner is Mouse Tales. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Okay, one book it is! The winner is Mouse Tales. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

In May 2012, students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) each brought home a book to keep for their very own. Titles included perennial favorites such as Charlotte's Web, contemporary children's books such as Dora the Explorer, and titles in the National Geographic Kids series. These books were gifted to the students by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest nonprofit for book distribution.

"The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. It is essential to a child's success in school and the development of his or her language, comprehension, and critical thinking skills," said Ed Bosso, vice president of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. "We appreciate the continued support of RIF and the incredible contributions they make to students everywhere."

KDES provides its students with a bilingual academic environment, emphasizing literacy in both American Sign Language and English. This dovetails with the mission of the RIF, which delivers free books and resources to children and families in the United States to encourage literacy and a love of reading among children. As part of their current Be Book Smart campaign in partnership with Macy's, RIF aims to distribute one million books.

Although RIF has supported book distribution events at KDES since 2002, this year KDES was one of only two Washington, D.C., programs selected. "I want to give a big thank you to RIF and Macy's for donating 428 new books," said KDES librarian Cynthia Sadoski. "The smiles on the faces of the KDES students and the exciting buzz in the classrooms at book distribution time show again and again that reading is FUNdamental."

RIF website