"...Reading is Fundamental (DC RIF)... sponsored since 1987... has distributed thousands of books to DC Public School children..."
Established in 1999 as a 501c (3) organization, the Oracle Set Foundation administers the literacy support activities started by the Oracle Set Book Club. The Mission of the Foundation is to promote literacy skills through projects designed to encourage and reward student efforts in reading and writing. Those projects include: sponsoring student attendance at events that promote literacy; administering the Claudette Franklin Ford Essay Competition; and providing direct grants to community-based literacy projects.
One such project is Reading is Fundamental, Inc. (DC RIF) which the Oracle Set Book Club & Foundation has sponsored since 1987. Since 1966, this program has distributed thousands of books to DC public school children. More than two-thirds of the children RIF serves have economic or learning needs that put them at risk of failing basic educational goals.
Youth Organization United to Rise (YOUR) Community Center was the recipient of the Foundation's community-based literacy award for 2002. The past 5 years this NW Washington after-school literacy program has served neighborhood children and youth who have reading deficiencies. Using volunteers from local colleges, the program provides supervised homework, tutoring services, and enrichment activities, including creative writing, computer skills and field trips. The summer program directs resources to neighborhood teens that would otherwise lack access to enrichment programs.
The foundation partners with the DC Public Schools, DC LEARNs (District of Columbia Literacy Education and Resource Network) and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC to implement its projects. An underlying premise for the Foundation's mission is the belief that "Information is Power" and literacy is the key to accessing that power.
"An underlying principle for the Foundation's mission is the belief that 'Information is Power' and literacy is the key to accessing that power."
DC Public School students making presentations at an Annual Book and Authors Luncheon
"...to promote literacy skills through projects designed to encourage and reward student efforts in reading and writing..."
RIF Donation 1987
RIF Donation 1992