I was asked to update our list of Literacy Activities for the District Literacy Committee.  Thought that it would be a good idea to share this information with you so that you have current ammunition for your brag sheet.


Current Activities and areas of Support

·      Scholarships - Six 2-year $2,000 College or vocational school scholarships are given to high school seniors from Englewood area high schools.  The scholarships are funded by our Englewood Rotary Foundation that was started years ago specifically for this purpose and by as well as by current fund-raising activities

·      First Book Program - Our First Book Program in conjunction with Swedish Medical Auxiliary provides an early childhood book of nursery rhymes to be sent home with the family after the birth of their new child.  The club provides financial support to purchase the books and book plates.  The book plate on the inside cover says that the book is provided by Englewood Rotary and the Swedish Medical Auxiliary and a statement encouraging the parents to read to their child.

·      Rotarians Read Program - Englewood Rotarians read with Bishop Elementary School students in Englewood each Thursday morning, one on one.

·      Back to School Program -  The Englewood Rotary Club provides backpacks filled with school supplies to the neediest students at Bishop Elementary School.

·      Book Donation Program – The Englewood Rotary Club dedicates a book to the school library of Bishop Elementary School in honor of our guest speaker. We supply the funds for the book and the book plate with the honoree’s name.

·      Science Fair Judges – The Englewood Rotary Club supplies judges for Science Fairs in the School District.

·      Well-Fed Program – The Englewood Rotary Club provides funds and man-power to feed needy students and their families on weekends.

·      Four Way Test Writing Contest – As one of our major programs, the Englewood Rotary Club puts on skits to educate students about ethics and the Four-Way Test and then hold a District-Wide writing contest for all 3-5th graders, highlighted by an awards luncheon and gifts of gift certificates to purchase books for the winners.

·      Guest Speaker Program – The Englewood Rotary Club distributes a list of their members and their expertise and encourages the School District to avail themselves of our human resources for class and school activities.

·      Chess Program  - One member of the Englewood Rotary Club has been organizing and teaching chess at elementary schools and senior citizen living facilities and is scheduled to do so again in 2012-13.

·      Student Exchange Program – The Englewood Rotary Club has committed to help bring a high school student to Englewood High School.  This means finding host families and financially supporting the exchange student and host family.

·      Gueoul, Senegal Project – The Englewood Rotary Club has teamed with “Friends of Gueoul” (a 501-C(3) charity) to provide funds and supplies to educate girls in Gueoul, Senegal.  The goal is to help girls remain in school and avoid marital and economic “slavery”.  Education appears to be the main way to break this cycle.  The project is currently supporting about 100 girls to remain in school.  We have also funded and equipped a computer classroom and supplied learning materials to these children and their community.  This ongoing project will be the focus of a Global Future Visions Grant proposal. We are preparing to help strengthen the education of girls so that they will be accepted to the local University.