Literacy Projects work right here in D1210, with many Rotarians visiting schools and listening to children read every week. It is very rewarding for both the child and the Rotarian.
A new Project has been set up for Clubs in D1210 to encourage Literacy skills. Many children in our District do not own a book of their own and certainly never have one read to them at home.
Mark Rotary Literacy Month this March: Get Involved with D1210
More info from Rtn Beverley Ricketts
Tel: 07738 173028
RI President’s Message for March 2014
Growing up in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA, I took it for granted that everyone could read. In my own elementary school, not only were we expected to be reading by the age of seven or eight, we were expected to read upside down.
Lately, I was reading to a group of children who were well on their way to literacy themselves. We were sitting in their classroom, in a school where Rotarians came every week to read one-on-one with children who needed a little extra help.
There wasn’t any question that every child in that room would grow up to be a literate adult. And all of them took that completely for granted – as they took it for granted that adults would care enough to read them a book while showing them the pictures, even if that meant reading upside down.
We all know that millions of children all over the world aren’t that lucky. That’s why we make basic education and literacy a priority in our Rotary service. As we mark Literacy Month in Rotary, we remind ourselves what a gift we are giving when we help a child to read – whether it’s a child on the other side of the world or right in our own home town.
Ron D. Burton
RI President 2013-14