Published: May 11, 2011 8:48 PM EDT
Updated: May 11, 2011 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, named the Naples High School as the national Program of the Month honoree for May.

RIF Account Coordinator KT Brill began her RIF journey in 1996 when she launched the still active program at the Golden Gate Elementary School in Naples.

Immediately after starting the program, Brill realized that students of all ages should have access to books, and that even pre-teens and teenagers have their own needs and challenges in reading. She took those principles to her new position as the Media Specialist in the Naples High School Library Media Center in 1999, and immediately started a RIF program that remains successful today.  

Brill’s RIF program at Naples High School serves more than 500 students every year. This represents one-third of the school’s population, including those in intensive reading programs, special education classes and English learning courses. Every year, Brill creatively organizes book distributions for the school, where students are able to select books to own. During one movie-themed distribution, students acted as amateur screenwriters, penning their own movie treatments. Other book distributions have included jungle themes and t-shirt making. The events also involve door prizes, music, decorations and special treats, giving each distribution a festive atmosphere. 

“Brill’s innovative thinking and creativity keep her students engaged and excited in the program,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “Due to her leadership, monotony is definitely not an issue at Naples.”

RIF launched the Program of the Month initiative to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill RIF’s mission, which relies on innovative programs promoting children’s literacy in their communities. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are discovering the joy of reading.