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2010-10-18 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, is celebrating its 90th anniversary with Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., a global literacy campaign that underscores the importance of reading as the pathway for young people to succeed in the 21st century. Scholastic is asking everyone committed to the support of young people - partners, educators, business leaders, publishers, booksellers, librarians, nonprofits,...

2010-09-07 18:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, September 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Viral Campaign Allows Users to Experience Illiteracy Firsthand Room to Read (http://www.roomtoread.org/), a global nonprofit that empowers millions of children in the developing world through education, is partnering with Twitter (http://twitter.com/) to create a unique social media campaign to increase awareness of illiteracy on International Literacy Day, which celebrates the importance of learning around the globe. On...

2010-09-01 14:00:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle® USA Confection & Snacks Division today announced a new charitable initiative, "The Nestle Share the Joy of Reading Program," which will donate up to $250,000 to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. Actress, filmmaker and Access Hollywood special correspondent Maria Menounos read to children today at the Los Angeles Public Library's Robertson Branch to...

2010-09-01 07:00:00

Challenge Sets New Goal of 10 Million Minutes; Dividend Miles and Special Edition Children's Book Offered to Supporters WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest children's literacy organization, and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) announced they have teamed up to kick-off the third year of "Fly with US. Read with Kids.®," a program designed to demonstrate the importance of reading with young children. A key component of the...

2010-08-23 07:00:00

More than 1 million customers supported the campaign held at Macy's stores nationwide WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2010 Book A Brighter Future(TM) campaign, RIF's largest customer supported campaign held at Macy's stores nationwide, raised more than $3 million to benefit the millions of children served by RIF. From June 30 - August 1, more than 1 million customers visited Macy's stores and gave $3 to support RIF. Macy's donated 100 percent of the funds to RIF. Since...

2010-06-30 07:00:00

Fundraising campaign will benefit children's literacy and RIF programs nationwide WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy's have teamed up to launch the fifth year of Book A Brighter Future(TM), RIF's largest customer supported campaign held at Macy's stores nationwide. The funds raised through Book A Brighter Future will benefit 17,000 RIF sites working to provide free books and literacy resources to children who need them most. To kick...

2010-06-09 13:19:00

TORONTO, June 9 /PRNewswire/ - To view this Social Media Release, please enter the following address in your web browser: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/education-quality-and-accountability-office/84-of-ontarios-grade-10-students-pass-literacy-test SOURCE EDUCATION QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE

2010-03-01 08:07:00

EMERYVILLE, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While children who are learning to read benefit from formal systematic instruction, parents can actually aid their children's development just as much by ensuring that early literacy experiences are also active and fun. Providing this insight, Carolyn Jaynes, PhD, former teacher and literacy expert for LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), celebrates reading in honor of National March into Literacy Month. (Logo:...

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2010-02-16 15:45:00

Poring over the works of Dr. Seuss, the adventures of the Bernstain Bears or exploring the worlds of Hans Christian Andersen with a child has always been a great parent-child bonding exercise. But, according to George Georgiou, a University of Alberta professor in educational psychology, it is instrumental for English-speaking children if they are to acquire the language skills, particularly comprehension, essential to their future reading ability. Georgiou and his colleagues recently...

2010-02-05 12:59:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO, of Reading Is Fundamental: "On February 1, President Obama released his proposed FY2011 budget which eliminates the funding for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and its nationwide services. Without this federal funding, over 4.4 million children and families will not receive free books or reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 17,000 locations throughout the U.S....


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'