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Shepherdstown Rotary Club awards grants to promote reading

By Staff | Apr 20, 2015

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club has awarded two “Rotary Reads” grants to local institutions to promote reading. The club presented the grants at its March 24 weekly breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.

One grant, for $1,000, was presented jointly to the Shepherdstown Day Care Center and the Shepherdstown Public Library. These institutions will use the funds to bring an award-winning children’s author, Anna Smucker, to Shepherdstown for “read aloud” sessions for pre-school children. Ms. Smucker will present two such sessions in Aprilone at the day care center and one at the library. Together, these sessions will reach a total of more than 80 local children.

The second grant is a $250 award to Shepherdstown Elementary School, to help support the school’s “Rise and Shine” Summer Camp. The camp, which has served the community for more than two decades, enrolls 30-40 elementary-school-age children each summer. Reading is an important part of the Camp’s curriculum.

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club’s “Rotary Reads” grant program is one of several Club activities aimed at enhancing literacy among local children. It consists of cash grants, awarded each year during March, to worthy institutions for projects or programs that promote reading.

Enhancing literacy has been a major priority of Rotarians since their organization’s founding in 1905, and the month of March is recognized as “Literacy Month” on the Rotary calendar.