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Saturday, January 31, 2015


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Reading is Fundamental

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Elena Rodriguez with RIF Award AREA Award For Arlington
Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia presented the Area Award for Arlington to Gunston Middle School and Ms. Elena Rodriguez, in honor of the Outstanding RIF Distributions that have been organized at Gunston since the program began in 2001. Thanks to Ms. Danielle Schwartz, who attended the RIF Ordering Meeting on April 8, 2014 and accepted the award on behalf of Gunston.

2013-2014 RIF Dates

African American History Month - February 18-20, 2014

Despite February snow days, we had a very successful distribution during African American History Month. Students selected their RIF books, heard a variety of volunteers read favorite selections from African American History and watched claymation biographies created by Network 21 of famous African Americans. One class had the experience of a lifetime when they got a quick tutorial about the history of funk music, including a live performance from Mr. Costner.
Students watched the following videos, which are available on the Gunston YouTube Channel (watch them from home!)
Thanks to all our readers and volunteers!
  • Library Aides who helped pull and shelve RIF books: Apple G.S., LIza H., Lucy H., Antonia K. and Sarah R.H.

  • Parent and Staff who read to the GMS students:  Linda Allen, Marica Burgos, Greg Cabana, Michele Chang, Valerie Lewis, Amy Markowitz, KIm Reistrup, Dr. Monica Roaché, Elena Rodriguez, Jackie Rogers and Dr. Lori Wiggins

Summer Reading -  May 2014
Our last book distribution for the 2013-2014 school year is May 27, 28, and 29. Students will receive a free book and learn about summer reading options.


Here are some details about our RIF program:

  • Two times during the school year, we have a distribution of free books for Gunston students. Students have a full period to browse and select from the books on display. Students pick books on their own, with no "directing" by staff, as the emphasis is truly on personal choice. We now that the more children read, the more successful they are and that they are more likely to read if they get to own books that they have chosen themselves. This year, Gunston received RIF funding for all 6th grade students as well as all 7th & 8th grade HILT and special education students.
  • RIF requires that we do additional activities for reading motivation. These include readers, competitions, drawing for prizes, and theme related activities.
  • Books The library staff selects from a wide range of books, including some lower reading level books for our HILT and special education students. A limited number of titles are available in Spanish.

  • We ordered enough books to ensure that every participating student receives three books.

  • RIF of Northern Virginia provides the primary funding for RIF for Gunston. The school matches this funding an additional 25%. PTA funding pays for some of these costs.
  • Support RIF by volunteering during our RIF distributions or by donating to RIF of Northern Virginia through the United Way Campaign (8959) or the Combined Federal Campaign (18818). Your support of RIF of Northern Virginia promotes literacy and offers children a chance for a brighter future.
P.O. Box 7012
Arlington, VA 22207-0012
Gunston was given this beautiful award by RIF of Northern Virginia on
May 23, 2002 because of our strong start in the RIF program
during the 2001-2002 year -
Thanks to Mrs. Gloria Johnson, Arlington Area Chair,
who selected us for this honor!
RIF Award

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