Sue Sattler of Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia is named Reading Is Fundamental Ambassador for Ohio.

Buckeye Career Center educator named reading ambassador

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) announces that Sue Sattler of Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia will represent Ohio as a RIF ambassador.

The RIF Ambassadors initiative, sponsored by Macy's, RIF's lead partner for Volunteer Engagement, bestows a working honor on RIF volunteer coordinators in 50 states, recognizing the valuable role of committed local volunteer in advancing RIF's mission of a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joy and value of reading. The initiative will also provide a structure of support for selected ambassadors to promote children's literacy and RIF in their communities.

Each RIF ambassador will be responsible for three activities throughout 2010 that reflects their interests and their region. Activities include blogging, children's letter writing campaigns, congressional member site visits or meetings, organizing a local gathering, outreach to a new group, publicity of their local RIF program, engaging children in summer reading, or sharing the story of a child touched by RIF.

Buckeye Career Center's GRADS (Teen Parents) Program has been a RIF program for six years. During this time, they have provided many student workshops and activities to help the teen parents discover the joy in reading and to encourage them to read to their children. Workshops have included guest speakers from various community agencies, Akron Children's Hospital, OSU Extension and area librarians and the making of literacy aids to use in storytelling with their children. RIF grant monies have provided free quality books to the teen parents to keep in their homes and read to their children.

"I feel honored to have been selected for this position and am looking forward to promoting RIF and children's literacy throughout Ohio," said Sattler.

"Each year, RIF is able to help 4.5 million children in the U.S. discover the joy of reading, thanks to engaged and committed volunteers," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "The RIF ambassadors program will allow us to further connect with all coordinators in all states."

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year.

For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF's Web site at Discover the Joy!

RIF is grateful to Macy's for its generous support as the National Lead Partner for Volunteer Engagement. Giving back is one of Macy's core values, in large part through Macy's employee volunteer program, Partners in Time, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Macy's impacted its communities with 1.7 million hours of service since 1989, valued as a $28 million contribution to those nonprofit organizations they serve. Macy's volunteers were honored to receive the Points of Light/Hands On Network's Award for Excellence in Workplace Volunteerism and about a third of Macy's volunteer projects benefit education, children and school partnerships.