Promoting Literacy and Education
Our club has teamed up with Queen Palmer Elementary School and D11 to sponsor Scripp's Foundation Reading Program. The Club will provide reading mentors and every child from K-5th grade will receive several age-appropriate books throughout the school year. For many of these students, these will be the only books they receive or own.
The Rotary Club of North Colorado Springs in partnership with the
Scripp’s Foundation Reading Program has teamed up to establish a
literacy program at Queen Palmer Elementary School. A major donation
by our Foundation of $15,000.00 ensures that every child in the
Kindergarten through the 5 th grade receives several age-appropriate
books throughout the school year. In conjunction with D11 and Queen
Palmer’s staff and the Rotary Club provide reading mentors. Reading Proficiency Tests will measure the
success of the program.
Impactful and Relevant
Some may say that people don’t use dictionaries any more, that they all use the computer.
That is not true with third graders. You never saw any child any more excited than these kids are when they get the first book that they ever owned, to take home and share with their families.
1 in 4 children in the United States grow up without learning to read.
When it comes to literacy, studies show that vocabulary is one of the largest contributors to growth. Further, "having books in the home is twice as important as the father’s education level," according to Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010.
By giving elementary children their own books, we are making a lasting impact on their opportunity for literacy and encouraging education.