This year District 7770 has chosen to demonstrate the Rotary motto of Service Above Self in unison by stocking the shelves of one of our public school districts with much needed books to promote literacy among the students. Most of us know that the concerned parents of Clarendon School District one originated the case that led to integrated schools across our nation. Despite the progress made in recent decades, the District remains burdened by high poverty rates, and a low tax base to generate funding for education.
The Superintendent has explained that the students of the District must overcome a pattern of “generational illiteracy” that needs to be confronted early in the educational process. Rotary is in a unique position to help by stocking the shelves of the libraries to move these children out of the illiteracy cycle, and move them to a productive life.
To participate, you and your club members need only to bring or send new books, appropriate for grades K-6, to the District Conference on March 20-22. A team is in place to accept the books, identify them as donated by Rotary, and transport them to “the front lines” of the battle to end illiteracy in our District. I know our District Rotarians will rise to the occasion and use Rotary’s focus on literacy, one of the “ties” that binds us, to make a real difference in the lives of these children. For further information, contact Pat Richards, District Literacy Chair.
You can reach Pat firstname.lastname@example.org