Opening Books to Open Doors

Mission Statement: Inspire and equip underserved children and their families with the tools for continued success.

REF’s vision is to close the achievement gap for South Florida’s low-income families through quality afterschool and summer learning programs.  

About the Organization:

REF’s vision is to close the achievement gap for South Florida’s low-income families through quality enrichment programs at Russell Reading Rooms (RRRs). Our 11 locations throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties support at-risk kindergarten through fifth-grade students in afterschool and summer program settings.  Russell Reading Rooms provide safe, engaging environments that motivate and inspire our children.      

Listed below are two examples of how REF transform lives:

  • "Rosa", has 2 children in one of our Hollywood RRRs, rises each day confident that she has provided her children with a safe, nurturing after-school environment. She, and hundreds of mothers like her in our neighborhoods, no longer face the dilemma of quitting their jobs, spending their limited earnings on after-school care, or leaving their children home unattended for several hours each day.
  • "Kareem", achievement scores were nearly two grades below average when he started at one of our Pompano Beach RRRs.Three years later, his test scores exceed the average for his grade level, and he is determined to finish high school and become the first in his family to graduate college. REF provides "Kareem" and his classmates at all of our RRRs the academic, social and other tools needed to reach their goals, to compete for scholarships and grants, and to realize their full potential.  

Consider sharing your time to further our mission of eliminating the achievement gap among children from low-income communities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.


Nyam Smith, M.S.

Vice President of Mission Advancement

Every child deserves an excellent education and the support they need to succeed in school.



Russell Education Foundation Fundraising BREAKFAST 

“Imagine the impact we can make together to promote excellence in education for underserved children.”

Presented by Dave & Buster’s 
Monday, February 19, 2018, @ The Signature Grand 
6900 FL-84 Davie, FL 33317

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Breakfast Served @ 8:00am
Program begins @ 8:15am

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