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To put quality, age-appropriate books into the hands and homes of at-risk young children before they start kindergarten so they can be ready to succeed in school and life.

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 Cathy's Poem

Cathy Dean Gafford, Director
Jean Dean RIF
1105 Fitzpatrick Ave
Opelika, Al 36801
Fax: 334-741-0510
E-Mail: jeandeanrif@gmail.com 

"I took a piece of plastic clay,
and idly fashioned it one day,
and as my fingers pressed it still,
It moved and yielded to my will.

I came again when days were past
The bit of clay was hard at last;
The form I gave it still it bore,
but I could change that form no more.

I took a piece of living clay
And gently formed it day by day;
and molded with my power and art
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.

I came again when days were gone;
it was a man I looked upon;
He still that early impress bore
And I could change it nevermore."