This project aims to improve local literacy by elevating interest in student reading.  Our multifaceted project is currently working in several areas:
  • Distributing free kids’ books at the Kittery Holiday Parade.
  • Supporting the “YES! Rotary Reads” program
  • Encouraging family reading for students entering kindergarten. 
  • Providing incentives for students to read more; and expanding as the program matures. 
  • Presenting targeted gift books to graduating high school seniors.
Students who read the most:
  - read the best
  - achieve the most
  - stay in school the longest.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness for reading and learning.  Reading aloud to children for just 15 minutes every day from birth makes them better ready to learn when entering kindergarten.  They develop the literacy skills needed to succeed in school and will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
Under the leadership of Club Literacy Chair Alicia Cuttle, we received a grant from The Rotary Foundation to support our local literacy project.  Through the years, with the help of new sponsors and the dedication and perseverance of many of our members, we’ve been able to keep our program active and appreciated by the community.