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Rotary Gives the Gift of Literacy

3/17/11

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Rotary Gives the Gift of Literacy

PRICELESS GIFT -- Poly High School alum and local attorney Frank Newell was among leaders from Long Beach Rotary who recently presented preschoolers at the West Child Development Center with new books.  Rotary is donating thousands of books to schools.

Long Beach Rotary’s strong support of early literacy continued with its latest donation of 3,000 books to preschoolers at local Child Development Centers.

With the recent donation, the city’s oldest and largest service club has donated nearly 200,000 books since 1999 to local schools.

Rotary leaders personally delivered the latest batch of books to the West Child Development Center.  Each preschooler selects a book to take home, while the CDCs stock their classroom libraries with the remainder.  Long Beach Rotary has collected contributions to this cause at its meetings, gathering about $300,000 in donations and matching funds for the literacy effort over the years.

Rotary has donated more than $2,500 in books this year to LBUSD’s Kindergarten Festivals, which welcome incoming kindergartners and their families.  The service group also is providing $16,000 in books to selected elementary and K-8 schools this year.

In all, Long Beach Rotary has provided more than $2.6 million in scholarships and books since 1998.  Rotary volunteers also read regularly to local schoolchildren.

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