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READING PROGRAM FOR NEWARK, DEL., FIRST-GRADERS IS EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR

READING PROGRAM FOR NEWARK, DEL., FIRST-GRADERS IS EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A three-year program to help Newark, Del., first-graders become life-long readers is being extended an additional year with a grant from the Chrysler Corporation Fund, Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) announced today.
 The program, called RUNNING START(R), will be available in the 1992-93 school year in Newark and 11 other cities around the country where Chrysler has facilities.
 The extra year of RUNNING START is made possible by a $1 million grant from the Chrysler Fund. The grant is in addition to the $2.1 million grant from the Fund that established RUNNING START in the 1989-90 school year.
 RUNNING START is a reading incentive program developed by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). A key component of the program is a challenge that students read, or have read to them, 21 books in a 10-week period.
 The goal of RUNNING START is to encourage youngsters to become strong readers for the 21st century. The program includes free books to students and classrooms, plus posters, stickers, bookmarks and other materials for schools and homes to help each child, class and family track progress toward the 21-book goal.
 In a related development, Chrysler announced that a RIF program for second-graders that has a parental involvement component will be added in fall 1992 in most RUNNING START cities, including Newark.
 The program for second-graders builds on a well-known RIF model in which students select books three times a year to keep. Parental involvement is a key part of the program. Parents are encouraged to help organize the book distributions, select books, and develop themes and activities for the students.
 "Second-grade teachers have been wishing for such a program for their students," said Jean Tucker, supervisor of Curriculum and Technology in the Christina School District. "I am very pleased that parents will be encouraged and expected to take an active role in this program."
 "The program for second-graders will help extend the momentum begun through RUNNING START into the next phase of children's reading development," said Ruth Graves, president of RIF. "Thanks to Chrysler, we are taking kids one step closer to becoming readers for the 21st century."
 RIF is a national nonprofit organization that works for literacy where it begins: with America's children. Now in its 25th year, RIF is the nation's oldest and largest reading motivation program. Through its network of local projects and special initiatives such as RUNNING START, RIF works in partnership with schools, businesses and other organizations to help children develop the reading skills that are essential to their future.
 Besides Newark, RUNNING START is in Detroit, Highland Park, Avondale and Pontiac, Mich.; Toledo, Ohio; St. Louis; Syracuse, N.Y.; Savannah, Ga.; Phoenix; Kokomo, Ind.; and Huntsville, Ala.
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 /CONTACT: James Kenyon of Chrysler Corporation, 313-956-4664; Victoria Heland of Reading Is Fundamental, 202-287-3003; or Jean Tucker of Christina School District, 302-454-2000, Ext. 244/
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