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Rotary Goes to Martin

Second-graders at Martin Elementary took home some stories for summer reading thanks to Rotary Club of Beaumont.

The “Rotary Goes to School” initiative is a three-part project which began when students were able to select the books they wanted to read. Rotarians placed personalized stickers into the books and then into bags that were distributed on campus.

As an international organization, Rotary has six areas of focus and one is dedicated to supporting education. “It has long been a choice of our club to have a literacy project each year to support the schools and what they are doing to educate children,” said president Lynn Castle. “We learned that many students suffer from the ‘Summer Slide’ because they do not have books of their own to read at home or the ability to visit a local library to borrow books. Student scores on literacy tests seem to slide back to a lower level rather than progressing and improving through the summer.”  

Rotarians knew by letting the young students select the books they would like to own, they become even more interested in reading them. “We were very happy to see those book bags with ten books going home with each of the second-grade students,” said Castle. “We know they will be better readers next year because some of their time during the summer will be spent reading a good book which is readily available.”

Funds to provide the books and bags were made possible by the Beaumont Rotary Foundation which supports youth scholarships, service projects and other activities.

“I really enjoyed getting to visit with the children and give them the books they had picked out,” said Rotarian Jennifer Gregory. “It really humbles you when you ask a child whether they read to their siblings at home and they reply that they don’t have any books. Thankfully, now they will.”