More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

The Rotary theme of September is    Basic Education and Literacy 

 What Can My Club Do to Kick-Off Literacy Month? 

Get recognized! Request one of the District Literacy Frames. Submit a photo of your literacy project and you will get a frame to proudly use on website, social media platforms, and/or in a news release.  Email photo and your club name to-  rotary5960mccleese@gmail.com 
 
                        
 
Review why Basic Education and Literacy is an Area of Focus. https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/supporting-education
 
Schedule speakers related to literacy. 
Possible topics: 
  • Report on your club’s local literacy goals and activities, 
  • Update your club on your international literacy work,
  • Share a local innovative educational program,
  • Ask a local public librarian to share the impact of COVID or 
  • programming for the new year,  
  • Recognize organizations that focus on literacy. Examples:
  1. Read in Color  https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/ 
  2. Read Indeed - https://www.facebook.com/readindeed/ 
  3. Bridge to Books katie@bridgetobooks.com
  • Community Education speaker on local literacy activities 
  • Invite Speakers to address other types of literacy 
  • Ask local school officials to talk about Education equity
Plan recognitions of students, teachers, and/or schools, throughout the year. 
 
Your District Literacy Team surveyed the clubs to learn what was done during 2020-2021. It was a challenging year so BIG THUMBS UP to the clubs who were able to implement their projects! Check out the Snapshot of District 5960 Literacy Projects.   https://rotary5960.org/documents/en-us/b5b5e41a-811d-42e7-b62b-41907546629c/1
 
Need an idea for a literacy project?
1) Check out the suggestions on the District website for literacy projects.   https://www.rotary5960.org/page/literacy-project-activities
2) Look at the Snapshot of what  clubs in the District are doing   https://www.rotary5960.org/documents/en-us/b5b5e41a-811d-42e7-b62b-41907546629c/1
3) Check out Basic Education and Literacy Action Group for more great ideas. https://www.litrag.org/webinars
 
Your District Literacy Team hopes these ideas will help your club Kick-off Literacy in September and throughout the year.
 
 
 
Russell Hampton
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