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Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. Rotary supports education for all children and literacy for children and adults locally and globally. Rotarians share their knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations.
 
How Rotary Makes Things Happen
 
Mentoring Students,  Adult Literacy and Teacher Training
 
“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one. “
Mark Wilson
Rotary Club member
 
How Rotarians in District 5080 are People of Action for Education & Literacy
 
Rotary Club of Trail
The Rotary Club of Trail has worked with the Club Rotario del Medio Dia of San Miguel de Allende on community projects for more than a decade, most recently involving a school for the hearing impaired. The San Miguel club established the school based on an evaluation of community needs, and the Trail club has assisted with the setting up of the facility, training staff and, in 2018, expanding its programming by leading or contributing to a variety of Rotary Foundation grants. The school has about 40 students from primary grades to adults receiving basic education and vocational training.
 
Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak
Since the earthquake in Haiti, he Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak has fully sponsored the cost of a teacher at the Haiti Arise School in Gran Goave, Haiti. Mike McIndoe, a Nelson Daybreak  member, now serving as  AG, who was a school principal,  went to the school and he came back with more than satisfactory reports. Every year, Jim Reimer, the pastor at Kootenay Christian Fellowship and Nelson Daybreak member visits the school. In addition, the school’s founders Marc and Lisa Honorat visit Nelson every year. This in itself is an amazing story as Marc was rescued from slavery by his brother and a Canadian couple “adopted” him and brought him to Canada to receive his high school education. He has been driven ever since to raise the literacy rate in Haiti. The Haiti Arise organization has flourished and not only provides an elementary school, but also a technical school.
 
Rotary Club of Colville
The Rotary Club of Colville is participating in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to promote reading by children.  Children from birth through age 4 are signed up by their parents and begin receiving a book each month that is age appropriate.   The $25 per year per child is paid for by the Colville Rotary Club through donations. The program started in December 2017 in the Colville area and was limited to children living in zip code 99114.  We have partnered with the Stevens County Library Foundation, who is a major sponsor as well as Kettle Falls Rotary and we have recently opened the DPIL program up to all of Stevens County with approximately 2100 children in the age group 0 through 4. The Colville School District has given their support for the program and we are currently seeking other sponsors within Stevens County. We have raised approximately $12000 so far to fund this program.  We currently have over 300 children signed up and hope to have 600 by the end of 2018 and another 600 by the end of 2019 as funding allows.  Good reading skills are essential for students to excel in the academic world.  Studies have shown that children who participated in the DPIL program consistently perform better in school than non -participating children.  We will be signing up children at the Northeast Washington Fair in Colville August 23 through 26.
 
 Cranbrook Rotary Club
The Cranbrook Rotary Club has a dictionary project that provides every grade three student (including 3 private schools) with a dictionary/gazetteer and the French emersion students with a French/English dictionary. Cranbrook also has a one on one reading program at some of the primary schools.
 
Rotary Club of Nakusp
The Rotary Club of Nakusp supports a student in Honduras with her school supplies and uniform.
This year, we awarded our annual high school scholarship to a young woman
who volunteers in the Nakusp Library. Community volunteer work is one of
the criteria for the scholarship, and when we get a young person who
volunteers in one of our six areas of focus - basic education and literacy, it makes the decision much easier.
 
Deer Park Rotary
The Deer Park Rotary Club has two annual projects which promote education and literacy.  They have an annual book presentation to early elementary grade students and give new or gently used books to students.  In addition, Deer Park Rotary has an annual scholarship night where they present scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
 
Rotary Club of Spokane North
The Rotary Club of Spokane North donates a book to the Holmes Elementary School library in honor of each meeting speaker.  The bookplate inside the cover tells that the book was donated by the Club, the speaker’s name, organization and date of the meeting.  This concept has been very well received by the speakers who have been delighted that we are growing the school’s library AND that their name and organization is  memorialized
 
Columbia Center Rotary
Columbia Center Rotary has arranged for use  400  K-8 grade math curriculum books to be sent to a primary school in Pomona, Belize.  The Vocational Educational Committee provided the funds for the shipment and the Kennewick School District donated the books.   A math consultant from San Diego provided instruction to the students and teachers in January, 2018.  The Columbia Center Club also provided a direct grant for the building of a 70 x 50 multi-purpose school building at a primary school in Pomona,Belize. The building allowed three classroom oversized classrooms to move in and have adequate space. A team of people assisted  a local contractor and volunteers to construct the building.
 
Mesa del Nayar is a remote village in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. Columbia Center Rotary began doing projects there more than 15 years ago.  On our first visit we saw students who had walked for days through rugged terrain to reach a boarding school at Mesa del Nayar.  The classrooms were in a severely deteriorating building that was built in in 1600’s.  Over a period of years Columbia Center has been involved in a series of projects that have included beds & bedding, clean water, a computer lab and most importantly new classrooms.
 
Columbia Center Rotary also has a scholarship program. The Club supports Southridge, TriTech, Phoenix, and Jubilee schools. Here is the breakdown from this year:
 Eight first year students at $2,000 each ($16,000), four continuing college students at $1,500 each ($6,000) and two Tri Tech tool awards at $500 each ($1,000) for a total of $23,000 total annually.
 
Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary
Tri-Cities Sunrise has been heavily involved with "Enterprise Week" in conjunction with the Pasco School District. This is a program where all the seniors are taken to a large venue to compete in simulating running a business.  This year students picked a project within our community and developed a plan to accomplish that vision, such as enhancing downtown Pasco. This requires research on the student’s part, writing a report, plus presenting that project in front of judges to be graded on their findings.
 
Tri-Cities Sunrise also volunteers in the Junior Achievement bowling fundraiser each year, which provides funds to purchase all the materials used in the Junior Achievement class rooms related to instructing students in simple matters relating to business economics, such as "how money moves in our community". Many of our club members also volunteer five hours as classroom instructors.
 
Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary has contributed for many years to the "Reading Foundation", and always budgets each year for this contribution.
 
Creston Rotary Club
Members of the Creston Rotary Club work with the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Honduras and have constructed 10 schools over the last 12 years, all in Honduras.  Some of the schools are secondary schools and the most recent school project was a new Kindergarten complete with toilets, a little lunch room, and handwashing station. 
 
In the town of St. Rita, Santa Barbara State, Honduras Creston provided 15 new computers and a printer. A condition of the Club’s participation was that the town of St. Rita pay a program director 6 months wages, so he could set up the computers and instruct students and teachers on their use. There are 300 students now and all have learned basic computer skills and the teachers should be ready to carry on alone by next year.  They were also supplied paper and other computer materials.    As they are very short of text books in Honduras some course material is available online and schools with no computers are at a huge disadvantage to better equipped private schools.  
For resources on Local Education and Literacy go to:  rotarystudentprogram.org
 
Please send photos and details of future Education & Literacy projects to christywatts2@gmail.com