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Rotary Raises $55K More for Literacy

Long Beach Rotary recently raised more than $55,000 for its Reading by 9 literacy efforts.  The service club has now raised in excess of $675,000 since the inception of the program 20 years ago.

“This will allow us to continue to provide significant funding to benefit LBUSD preschool and elementary schools, libraries, teachers and most importantly students with our various programs,” said Rotarian Frank Newell, a local attorney and Poly High School alum who has supported Reading by 9 for many years.  “We intend to continue our Teacher Literacy Grants, our support of the Child Development Center preschools where we provide a book to every child, our donation of Scholastic books to numerous schools and libraries, and other programs as well.”

Rotary members donated the funds during the regular meeting last week.  Speakers at the meeting included the Long Beach Unified School District’s Cindy Young, who is director of LBUSD Child Development, and Oropeza Elementary School teacher Sylvia Renteria.  The second grade teacher is a past recipient of a Rotary Teacher Literacy Grant, and her classroom is visited regularly by one of the Rotary Readers volunteers who read to children in local schools.

In all, Long Beach Rotary has donated more than 250,000 books and e-books to local literacy efforts.

Further information on applying for 2018-19 Teacher Literacy Grants will be posted at when the grant application window opens later this school year.  The grants are available to teachers in preschool through third grade, including special education, offering $500 to $2,500 for creative, teacher-driven literacy projects.  Funds may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aids, training programs or other educational materials.

EARLY LITERACY – Rotarian and Poly High School alum Frank Newell reads with preschoolers at the Central Child Development Center.