Reading is Fundamental at the University of Arkansas (RIF-UArk) hosted a campus-wide book drive during April for students from Decatur Northside Elementary School. As a result of the efforts of the registered student organization, the club collected 3,000 books and donated more than 1,000 to the school library. Donation baskets were placed throughout the campus and in Greek organizations, including inside the Mullins Library and the Associated Student Government office.
"I was thrilled with the amount of donations we received! Students from all over the campus put in their time and effort to make this a worthwhile event for Decatur. It was great to see how excited the elementary students were with the new books and I was He reminded why we do this in the first place, "said Stephanie Barber, president of RIF-UArk.
RIF-UArk is the first chartered chapter of Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest non-profit children's literacy organization. As RSO, the group hopes to bring literacy resources to the Northwest Arkansas community and beyond. In deciding which elementary school to partner with, Barber said it was important for the club to establish a long-term relationship with a school within the Northwest Arkansas community with less access to resources than neighboring school districts.
Decatur Northside Elementary School serves grades K-4 in Decatur, Arkansas, located 50 minutes northwest of Fayetteville.
RIF-UArk plans to partner this next academic year with the Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas. Through this partnership, RIF-UArk and Brown Chair will provide Read for Success kits to Decatur Northside students.
To stay connected with RIF-UArk, follow their Instagram page @RIFArkansas. Interested students can join the organization through Hogsync.