The Rotary Club of Long Beach recently marked its most successful fundraising day after raising an all-time record of $78,000 for its “Reading by 9'' program which supports Long Beach Unified School District students.
With its latest fundraiser, the service club has now raised more than $878,000 since its inception in 1999.
During its first few years, “Reading by 9” largely supported LBUSD elementary school libraries. Over the years, the program has expanded to supporting Child Development Centers, providing preschool to 2,000 to 2,500 kids each year, establishing a teachers literacy grant and introducing a new “One Book, One School” program at six LBUSD elementary schools.
To date, the Long Beach Rotary has donated more than 300,000 books to local literacy efforts.
“We look forward to again supporting the Child Development Center preschool programs, teacher literacy grants, the new ‘One Book, One School’ program and other LBUSD programs, in addition to other community and nonprofit literacy programs,” said Rotarian Frank Newell, a retired attorney and Poly High School alum who has supported Reading by 9 for many years.
“Quite frankly, I thought it was going to be a one-year program,” Newell, who was president of the Rotary in 1999 and is the current Reading by 9 chair, shared with the Long Beach Post. “When I was done being president, the club decided to continue, asked me to continue fundraising, and here I am 23 years later.”
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