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Lions Club donates to Reading is Fundamental

Monday, January 7, 2013

Steve Wise, at right, labeled books for Monett Elementary students. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]] [Order this photo]
Steve Wise, with the Monett Lions Club, labels books donated by the organization during the annual Reading is Fundamental (RIF) give-away on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Monett Elementary School.

The local Lions Club donated $1,300 to the school so books could be purchased for the event. The program serves students on preschool through second grade.

"With the Lions Club coming onboard, we now have two annual bok distributions," said Anne Bryan, elementary librarian. "Each student gets to pick one book to take home and keep."

Bryan said federal funding for the RIF program had been cut and local organizations has stepped up to continue providing books for the popular annual event. "Students will start asking the first week of school,

'When do we get out free book?'" Bruan said. "They are really excited about having books." Popular topics include Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Fancy Nancy, Curious George, Hot Wheels and books about nature.

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