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Rotary Is For Reading Supports Literacy

Rotarians Visit Second Graders During Annual Program

The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo spread out across Kalamazoo Public Schools in April with their Rotary is for Reading program in support of literacy and College Awareness Week.

Working in teams, Rotarians visited second-grade classrooms in KPS to share the book “I Know I Can,” by Wendy W. Rouillard. The animals in the book contemplate their future careers and think about the skills they will need to develop to go to college.

“The program goals are to improve literacy among early elementary children in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, and to ‘plant the seed’ of college in the mind of each KPS second grade student,” according to Rotary.

The students received their own copies of the book as well as bracelets that said, “I Know I Can.”

Rotary has been delivering the program for eight years, and visits with about 1,000 students each year.

Some Rotarians help promote a college-going atmosphere during the program by wearing apparel from their favorite colleges and universities when they visit the classrooms and talking about their own college experiences.

The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo recently received a Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo Champs Award for its volunteer work in the school district, which includes Rotary is for Reading, the STRIVE mentoring program, and its Career Connection program.
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