PARIS – The Oxford Hills Reading is Fundamental Read-a-thon will run from today through Friday, March 31, as kids learn reading can be fun.

The literacy program provides more than 6,000 free books yearly to students in kindergarten through grade six districtwide.

Participation in the read-a-thon and a grant make the RIF program possible. The students will ask for sponsors during the month – for example, 25 cents a book read or a flat amount of $5. Last year the students raised more than $13,000 districtwide.

The read-a-thon is held in conjunction with Read across America, which also supports literacy.

The program has been offered in the Oxford Hills area for more than 25 years.

Each school relies on volunteers to hand out books three times a year.

It is through the volunteers and other organizations that RIF is alive and well.

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