RIF grants Johnston Elementary the 2008 Marirose Radelet Award


Johnston Elementary school has been awarded the 2008 Marirose Radelet Award for Exemplary Site Performance by RIF Pittsburg. It is awarded annually to one book distribution site that goes above and beyond the requirements as a book distribution program for the current school year.
Far more goes into a RIF book distribution than just handing out books. “We are required to create reading activities around each of the distributions,” says Allison Scuillo, fourth grade teacher and site coordinator at Johnston. “Three times a year, when the books are distributed, the whole school is involved in our theme. Volunteers come and work with students around that theme, and we have prizes related to the theme.” When the theme was the Negro Leagues, for example, a prize was tickets to see the Pirates play at PNC Park.
“Allison Scuillo has been amazing,” said Beth Ann Novak, Director of Special Events and Communication for RIF Pittsburgh. “Overall, her creativity, her communication, and her advocacy for RIF and for literacy exemplify what RIF is all about.”
Another requirement of the award is raising 5% of the cost of the books that are distributed at each site. Johnston’s donations come from the teachers and staff who pay a dollar to wear jeans on Friday.
The Marirose Radelet Award is named in honor of the founder of RIF Pittsburgh, a long time Northside resident and advocate for helping children become lifelong readers. RIF Pittsburgh is the fifth largest RIF distribution center in the United States, distributing books to over 20,000 children annually.


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