Possessing the ability to read and write is fundamental. It makes learning possible, inevitable and infinite. For this reason, fostering literacy has long been a priority of the National Federation of Republican Women, and several literacy programs have been developed to achieve this goal.
Over the past 50 years, the NFRW and its members have donated thousands of books to libraries, schools, hospitals and other public institutions through our Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP).
Each September, the NFRW asks Republican women's clubs to participate in Literacy Month by sponsoring a literacy project in their communities. Suggested activities and projects are provided by the NFRW Literacy Committee.
We also encourage our local clubs to form Red Shoe Book Clubs to explore and discuss books, and publish book reviews in monthly newsletters and on web sites. Clubs simply select books from the MELP List to read, discuss, and integrate with relevant issues in the news.
Continuing our commitment to literacy, we have adopted education as one of our primary issue focuses. Our goal is to improve public education and literacy by advocating grassroots support for education reform and taking direct action to improve literacy. We use our network of members to promote high standards, accountability, flexibility, local control of schools, and early reading initiatives.
Whether donating a book, volunteering to mentor or read to children, or acting as a literacy/education advocate, each of us has something of value to contribute to the literacy effort. By continuing to work together on this critical issue, we can ensure an educated citizenry of the future.