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Club RIF Alumni
Reading is Fundamental

27th Annual Book Distribution, 2017
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            Our most recent book distribution occurred on January 27, 2017 at St. Peter’s Indian Mission School. This marked the 27th year of Club RIF’s distributions at the Mission School.
Over thirty volunteers made this event a success, including  students from Chaparral High School and Arizona State University. The volunteers put on a show that involved reading two Eric Carle books and performing a dance.  About 300 Pre-K through 8th grade students received the following: new books of their choice, with their names inscribed in their books. They also visited Clifford the Big Red Dog, who stamped their books with a paw imprint; additionally,  students had their faces painted with popular and colorful symbols.
The students from the Mission School performed traditional Indian dances and included the volunteers in their Friendship Dance. Teachers selected books for absent students, as well as books for their own classroom libraries.

The distribution was magical. It was a wonderful cultural exchange.

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In July, the Tucson group responded to a request for books for the newly-remodeled library of the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee. We contributed 46 books that they requested, and will be sending them four magazine subscriptions as well.
The club, active since 2002, serves the youth of Bisbee and nearby rural communities, offering both after-school and summer programs to young people ages 5 – 17. This summer they have seen an average of 120 kids per day.
In addition to the library, other club facilities include a gym, teen room, game area, art room, and a computer lab. Students spend time in each station throughout the day.
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