District Literacy Chair

Anita Wotschel
Literacy Application Form


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We have a very active District when it comes to literacy. The following is a list of project ideas collected from the Literacy Award applications received over the past several years. Ideas for you to consider fall into three general categories (club literacy, funding focused and front line literacy), have a look at the suggested list of ideas below.



Literacy projects that take place within your club
Devote a club meeting to planning literacy projects 

Host a speaker at a club meeting from Success By Six to speak about children's literacy

Reference "The Rotarian" magazine at club meetings and encourage members to read it

Host a speaker from your school district/adult education program to speak about numeracy 

Include information and links on the importance of reading with children on your club website

Appoint a "literacy chair" on your board of directors

Host a literacy workshop for members

Create a limerick writing contest within the club or between two clubs

Bring in an author as a guest speaker

Share favorite books, poems, magazine or websites at meetings 

Host a presentation on tutoring and reading with children for members

Conduct a monthly or bi-monthly reading group among Rotary members, friends, family, school district and First Nations


Where your club funds a literacy project
Support local school libraries of all levels with book donations which can include bookplates identifying the Rotary

Provide schools with identified needed reading resources. i.e.- online leveled reading programs for specific grades

Donate large print books to seniors home

Fund the creation of a cultural learning DVD for local First Nations group

Donate to local literacy program like Literacy Now- Books for Babies Program or Born to Read

Donate to a specific program at the public library such as Teen Advisory Committee or the Adult Reading Program

Provide literacy supportive equipment identified by a school's "wish list" such as a document camera and LCD projector

Support a community program such as the Head Start Read and Play Group and Longview Stageworks After School Theatre Club

Donate to a local schools lunch program which aims to deal with hunger as a learning inhibitor

Help fund your local literacy bus

Donate school supplies

Sponsor prizes for an essay contest for middle school students in grades 6-8

Contribute to a school summer reading program- books given to each child to encourage continued reading

Support school and community music programs

Buy specialized laptops for students with communication challenges

Sponsor students to attend Rotary Programs- e.g. Adventures in Technology

Sponsor Missoula Children s Theatre for local school or community programs

Support or manage the construction of a library or learning centre locally or abroad

Donate to Success By Six or Early Start

Participate in an international book shipping project

Help fund an international mini-library project


Where your club volunteers in a literacy capacity
Volunteer in an elementary school library that might be otherwise closed due to budget. Check in/out materials, conduct story times you could also give homework help to students

Organize and participate in a one-day event of listening to students read their stories about their heroes

Celebrate Dr. Seuss, one-day event - visit 20 classrooms, dress in red and white striped hats and donate a book to each class

Host students from an adopted school to sing songs and perform 

Partner with other programs e.g. "Read to Me" and volunteer your time to them

Conduct story times at local events such as a children's festival

Volunteer once a week at a school to read with students

Donate gently used adult books for Christmas hampers for local families

Participate in a book or coloring book drive to support non-profit children's organizations

Participate in education workshops for kids at the Boys and Girls Club

Attend or organize a school field trip and have Rotarians buddy with elementary school children to familiarize them with the public library

Develop a literacy roundtable in the community where a member from each club attends and focuses on supporting literacy in partnership with other clubs - and on their own

Provide books for a school to use a positive reinforcement reward for their students

Donate materials to support a classroom in need- e.g. a math game - and volunteer to play with kindergarten students needing to develop numeracy skills

Participate in newspaper sale for "Raise A Reader"

Collect books for community bookstore to celebrate Literacy Day

Create a literacy float in a community parade

Donate literacy boxes to local women's centre and transition houses filled with children/adult books

Donate books to local correctional centre

Fundraise with your local literacy society

Host a public library literacy night 

Host a holiday breakfast and book giveaway