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Our Rotary Reads project was a great success this year. Forty-six Rotarians volunteered to read in 58 K-3 classrooms at eight of the local elementary schools (Edison Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Grant Elementary, McKinley Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and SMASH). The Rotarians also discussed their career pathways with the students. The accompanying photo from Roosevelt is just one of the thank you messages we received from the schools.

Books are also donated to the school libraries. Our initial book budget this year was $2000, but we received a matching district grant that resulted in a total budget of $4500 for books. We were able to donate 52 books to each of the seven elementary school libraries, a total of 364 books. These books were greatly appreciated. One school, for example, indicated they had no budget for books this year so the donation of these books made a big difference to the school.

Our “Rotary Reads” week will conclud with a special culminating luncheon program on Friday, March 8, 2013. At this luncheon, local children’s author Beth Wagner Brust will speak about “Just Where Do Bookworthy Ideas Come From?”