One of Rotary’s Areas of Focus is Basic Education and Literacy - please understand literacy is a key ingredient for full participation in our society. Rotarians in District 7780 are engaged in literacy projects, enable people to gain access to essential information, and generate positive connections among diverse groups, which are vital to improving community relations and promoting peace. 
 
This year, Dave Underhill, our District Governor, challenges all clubs to build a Pyramid of Peace. One of the goals is enhancing ongoing community literacy efforts or implementing a new literacy project in your community or internationally. Literacy does not just mean that a person can read and write. It is a transformational path that empowers people to broaden their critical thinking skills and to make choices, exercise their citizenship rights and contribute to the common good. 
All Rotary Clubs in District 7780 are engaged in literacy projects that can change lives both in their own communities and across the globe.  Below are just a few examples:
 
Rotary Club of Kennebunk distributed books to Caring Unlimited, York County’s Domestic Violence Program, and supplying school equipment in Uganda with help of a District Grant. 
Portland Rotarians adopted a summer food site at North Deering Gardens in Portland to distribute food and books to young children. The club is donating books and Rotarians help address the problem of summer slide in reading levels by reading with the children on Tuesdays and Thursdays following lunch.  This service program is part of Portland Rotary's Childhood Hunger and Education (CHE) initiative and was developed in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Portland.  
 
Rotary Club of Sanford-Springvale painted the US Map project onto Willard and Sanford Junior High School parking lots and implemented a Little Free Library Program in collaboration with Goodall Library. 
Rotary Club Topsham-Expresso raises annually about $25,000 to support early childhood literacy by holding Music in Museum in collaboration with United Way Mid Coast Maine, Family Focus of Mid Coast Maine, and Bath Area YMCA and providing books to local food pantries. 
Rotary Club of Yarmouth trained three Rotarians at LearningWorks for a new literacy project that will improve reading level of parolees and collaborating with Interact Club and delivering books to The Root Cellar in Portland regularly.
 
 
Here are just some of the areas of focus for this year:
 
Local Literacy Projects Governor's District Award challenge “Pyramid of Peace”
YES, Rotary Reads Four Way Test Contest 
US Map painting
Little Library 
 
Use the Literacy resource list on the left menu bar for more ideas.