Our Club's New Literacy Project

     Our new project aims to improve local literacy by elevating interest in student reading. 
The project will initially have 3 phases:
          - Encourage family reading for students entering kindergarten. 
          - Provide incentives for elementary school students to read more
                ... expanding as the program matures. 
          - Present targeted gift books to graduating high school seniors.
Books and prizes are provided through a program led by our Club and supported by a District Grant from:
Sincere thanks to the generous donor of our first set of books for incoming Kindergarteners:
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Our club members handed out over 90 books to incoming Kindergarteners at Mitchell School, September 6th and 7th.
We are currently supporting the school's author visit program, and club members have spent several hours reading to schoolchildren in advance of the auhtor visits.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or care-giver can do to improve a child’s readiness for reading.  In an article published by the National education Association, it was noted that children who are read to develop stronger pre-reading skills, develop stronger reading skills, are better readers and in turn have higher math scores as well.

"Rotary Reads" tells us that reading aloud to children for just 15 minutes every day from birth better prepares them for their first school experience.  Being exposed to reading at an early age aids in the development of literacy skills needed to succeed in school and ultimately in one’s career.
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