A reading buddy reads to a local Summit County youth.
Guatemala Literacy Project
The Guatemala Literacy Project is an initiative to provide greatly needed textbooks, teacher training, and computer centers to underprivileged children in Guatemala. Beyond simply giving books away, the GLP empowers the locals to take charge of their future.
The GLP programs have been introduced to over 220 impoverished rural communities. There are over 25,000 students using textbooks at 185 schools. The GLP has also founded 54 self-funding computer centers, 25 literacy programs, and 49 school libraries. A whopping 96% of schools that have had a Textbook Program for more than five years have renewed their books through the established revolving fund. In essence, the Rotary club buys the first set of textbooks, then the students’ parents buy the next set. It’s a perfect model of a sustainable and community-driven Rotary project.
If you are passionate about providing quality education for children in developing nations, please consider making a tax deductible donation to this project.
The Rotary Reading Buddy Program inspires young students to become effective and enthusiastic readers. Community volunteers who love to read are paired with elementary school-age students to increase their reading and writing skills. Reading Buddies offer encouragement and support to students in the process of becoming successful readers. If you’d like to participate or bring reading buddies to your school, please contact us via email.
3rd Grade Dictionaries
A dictionary is a powerful literary stimulus in the hands of a 3rd grade student. It's the perfect age to learn of its many uses. The Dictionary Project supplies dictionaries for over 1/2 of US 3rd graders. Summit County Rotarians have given free dictionaries to 1,500+ 3rd grade students over the past seven years.
Each spring, the Summit County Library, The Summit Daily News, and the Rotary Club of Summit County sponsor a county-wide reading experience. The project provides an opportunity for the Summit County community and students to read a book of local relevance that stimulates dialogue and inspires activities related to the books’ themes. In addition to forums for discussion, we host panels, a children’s poster contest, and other interactive activities related to the subject. The “Summit Reads” project brings together the entire community for the purpose of understanding topics of interest to its residents. In addition to providing books at cost for participating adults, Rotary donates relevant materials to local elementary schools.