Literacy Development Award Presented

On October 22, 2012, Metro Rotary presented its annual Literacy Development Award to the Columbia Public Schools’ Title I program.

The $1,500 award was presented to Mary Rook, program supervisor, surrounded by a group of Title I Early Childhood students at Field Elementary. Other schools that will share in this award are: Blue Ridge, Fairview , Parkade, Rock Bridge , Russell Boulevard and West Boulevard Elementary Schools , the Park Avenue Child & Development Center and Rock Bridge High School.

Marcia Machens, Metro president, said that “Metro Rotary recognizes that learning to read at an early age has a direct impact on a child’s later education and future. We are pleased to work with children and teachers in the local Title I program to encourage students in launching and building on their reading skills.”

Rotary International has been promoting the importance of literacy around the world for many years. Metro Rotary has been a Partner in Education with the Title I program and Columbia Public Schools since 2003.

Since its 1993 founding, Columbia Metro Rotary has represented a cross-section of men and women from the city’s business and professional ranks. Columbia Metro is part of Rotary International, a global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to men and women of all cultures, races and creeds. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians are active today in more than 200 countries.

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