Tommie Barfield Elementary students Briana and Kaliyah are shown here with their Reading is Fundamental books
Tommie Barfield Elementary students Briana and Kaliyah are shown here with their Reading is Fundamental books. Three times a year the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island distributed books to the children at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary School. The Reading is Fun program had been federally funded. Kiwanis applied for grants and provided the required matching funds for many years. Congress discontinued funding the Reading is Fundamental program. The smart and quick thinking of Diane Pagach and GayleThawley enabled the Kiwanis Club to purchase enough books for the whole year before the deadline. Next year, we will have to be creative and find a way to continue the program.