Rockford Rotary Club distributes Rockford Reads to 9 schools
On Monday, Dec. 16, Rockford Rotary Club representatives delivered free books to approximately 1,800 students in nine Rockford elementary schools as part of the Rockford Reads program. The nine schools are Bloom, Brookview, Froberg, Gregory, Johnson, Marsh, Rolling Green, Thompson and Whitehead.
The book distribution was part of a community-wide effort begun in September by the Rockford Rotary Club, Rockford Public Library and the Rockford Public Schools to help students in these nine schools, which were chosen because they had lower reading scores on academic assessments, but did not qualify for supplemental federal funds. The Rotary donated initial funds and raised the remaining amount through community donations.
The Rockford Reads program is important because we all want a quality education for our children, said Bob Presman, co-chairman of Rockford Rotary Special Projects. By helping these students to become better readers, we make them better prepared to be successful in this world.
The Rockford Reads program still needs volunteers to read one hour a week with students who need to improve their reading skills. Volunteers will receive one hour of training at the Rockford Public Library. To sign up as a volunteer, e-mail Jan Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (815) 966-3250.
For more information about the Rockford Reads book distribution, contact Bob Presman, (815) 639-4103, or the Rockford Public Schools Office of Communications, (815) 966-3110.