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Lansing Reading is Fundamental is a program which gives books to students in the Lansing Schools, Pre-Primary through 10th grade. Students receive a book to choose for themselves and keep at each of three distributions throughout the school year. In our 40 years with the Lansing Schools, RIF has followed the mission of “helping children love to read.” Studies show that the value of a book in the hands of children develops lifelong reading habits, leading to academic success. RIF has done that in Lansing over 1.5 million times.

RIF is supported by the Lansing Schools, which provides office space at the Lansing Welcome Center and staff salary. Financing for the program comes from the community, as Lansing RIF no longer receives any federal funding. We rely on volunteers (parents and staff) in the schools to promote RIF and assist with the book distributions. To become a volunteer, contact your school’s principal.


Melanie Baker

Director of the Community Learning Center
Lansing RIF (Reading is Fundamental)

Lansing Welcome Center
2400 Pattengill Ave.
755-4966 and/or Melanie.baker@lansingschools.net