Become a RIFSoCal site
Would you like to become a RIFSoCal site? If so, take a moment to read the following guidelines. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The Motivational Reading Program consists of special events held three times per year at RIFSoCal project sites, which include high-poverty preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, Head Start sites, and community-based organizations in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Each event brings together parents, school staff, and other volunteers to create excitement around a literacy or cultural theme, and culminates with the distribution of a free, brand-new book of choice to every child. For many of the children we serve, the books they received through the program are the first they have ever owned. Nearly 100% surveyed school principals and project site coordinators believe the program has increased students' love of reading and increase in their independent reading - which is key to children becoming strong, proficient readers.
Each site must designate a Site Coordinator. This person will be the contact person at your site. They will be responsible for attending the annual Orientation, choosing/picking up books at our warehouse three times a year, planning and implementing three Motivational Reading Events, and submitting a report form following each event.
RIF books are to be CHOSEN by children only from a wide selection of titles, with no assistance from volunteers, parents or teachers. Children absent during a book distribution will have the opportunity to select a book at another time. No teacher or classmate will choose a book for them.
RIF books are not to be used for any kind of school work, book reports, awards for good work or holiday gifts. We want each child to choose a book to add to their home library, a book that he or she will enjoy for its own sake, a book that will compel them to read for FUN.
Only RIF children will receive RIF books. No books will go to teachers, classroom collections or school libraries.
Annual Program Fee
The total cost of the Motivational Reading Program is $10 per child per year. For children in grades Prek-3 and Special Education, we raise $7 and schools pay $3 per child per year; for children in grades 4-8, schools pay the program's full cost. Special project sites pay no fee.
Applications for RIFSoCal's
Motivational Reading Program
Click on the link indicating your school district to start your application process
To promote literacy and motivate children to read by providing new books to create home libraries for underserved children in Southern California.
"I want to read with my family so they
could be better readers like me."