Fort Wayne Rotary donates books to students

Record Number: 2554
Displayed from: Aug 03, 2006 , until: Aug 07, 2006

The following news release is from the Fort Wayne Rotary Club Fort Wayne, IN - On Monday, August 7, Fort Wayne Rotary Club will deliver nearly 100 books to Washington Elementary School for students to keep and take home. Many students don't have books at home to practice their reading skills. Without books at home, children experience setbacks in their educational performance and skill development essential for success in life. Linda Martin, school principal, explained that reading affects everything students do from knowing how to read a math problem to understanding science. If students don't see themselves as readers, they're setting themselves up for failure because everything we do is tied to reading and comprehension, she said. The school's focus this year is on reading comprehension. To help counter the problem of no reading material at home, the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne launched a book drive with the goal of purchasing enough books for every student to have two to take home and keep. The books were selected from a list provided by Washington School's Literacy Advisory Committee and will be presented to Linda Martin just as registration for school is underway. Fort Wayne Rotary's efforts locally are tied to Rotary International's worldwide literacy project in which every club is asked to engage in a new project for literacy, said Mike McKay, Fort Wayne Rotary Club president. Rotary District 6540 Governor, Fred Bettner, will be in town for the presentation. The Rotary Club is in its third year of a partnership with Washington Elementary. In addition to giving books, the Rotary Club has purchased a new book bag for every student; these will also be given out on Monday, August 7. Rotary Club Book Presentation to Washington Elementary School Monday, August 7, 2006 at approximately 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm At the school: 1015 W. Washington, Fort Wayne School Phone: 467-8150 Members of Rotary International form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time, money and talents to serve their communities and the world under the motto Service Above Self. For information, please contact: Lynne Gilmore, Rotary Member, 207.5680, Email:

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.