District Governor Marty and the District Literacy Committee are challenging you and your club members to participate in the following;



Read Across America Day  Rotarians (involve the entire family of Rotary) reading to groups of children of all ages throughout your communities on March  1st,  2013 in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Your local schools, libraries, HeadStart programs and daycares welcome your participation!


Four-Way Test Essay and Speaking Contest - This contest is an effort to introduce the Rotary Four-Way Test to all high school students as a means of making ethical decisions. Students will compete at the club level, the winner from each club will be sponsored to the district wide competition.


United States Map Project  A fun, community literacy project where Rotarians (involve the family of Rotary) paint a 20 ftX30 ft U.S. Map on school playgrounds to help students gain a better understanding of our country's geography, includes numerous educational games. (D-7780 owns the map stencil) Do not let your club miss out on this exciting hands on project!



District Award

1.      Club must complete a minimum of five literacy activities from the suggested activities below.

2.      Activities must include one book project (local or international) Dictionary project, book drive, donation etc.

3.       Either celebrate International Literacy Day Sept. 8th or promote Rotary's Literacy Month in March.

Zone Award

1.      Club must complete a minimum of ten literacy activities from the suggested activities below.

2.      Activities must include one book project (local or international) Dictionary project, book drive, donation, etc.

3.      Either celebrate International Literacy Day Sept. 8th or promote Rotary's Literacy Month in March.


Remember to review the District/Club Protection Policy for

Prevention of Abuse and Harassment in all literacy activities you and your fellow club members participate in.


Suggested Activities for Literacy Awards



ü       Recruit a new club member with a literacy classification

ü       Promote International Literacy Day and/or Literacy Month

ü       Invite a literacy speaker to a club meeting

ü       Assess the literacy needs of your community and develop a plan

ü       Submit an article to the newspaper on your literacy efforts, feature literacy articles in your club bulletin and on your website, run a literacy PSA

ü       Ask a member to serve as Club Literacy Chair

ü       Share a literacy minute at each club assembly

ü       Share your literacy projects/activities with literacy committee no later than Dec. 1st



ü       Conduct a 4-Way Test contest or make the test part of other projects such as book gifts, bookmarks, etc.

ü       Conduct a character literacy project such as Who Is Nobody, Laws of Life; BrainWise or gift of books such as Elmer and Andy Apple Dumpling Adventure.

ü       Recognize a community leader who is a vocational service role model; use the occasion to create public awareness of Rotary vocational service values.

ü       Sponsor (perhaps in partnership with an Interact club) a high school workshop, which teaches vocational literacy as exemplified in the Rotary Four-Way Test, the second part of the Object of Rotary, and our two mottos.

ü       Volunteer your vocational expertise to those who would benefit in your community (financial literacy, health literacy, parenting literacy, etc)



ü       Support your community libraries, daycares, kindergartens

ü       Read to seniors, physically challenged in nursing homes or facilities

ü       Support a Computer Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) or similar program.

ü       Do an Imagination Library project or other reading readiness program such as SOUNS, Books for Babies, and Sandparents (to cite a few examples).

ü       Donate books to soup kitchens, food pantries, Meals on Wheels, etc.

ü       Partner with the International Reading Association (or its equivalent in your community) on a literacy project. Use the Every School a Star tool kit.

ü       Join or support a local project to raise funds for a literacy organization.

ü       Submit and receive a District Simplified Grant for a community literacy project.



ü      Participate in an international book shipping project, a mini-library project, providing school supplies and equipment

ü      Support Guatemala Literacy Project, Project Hope, Safe Passage, etc.

ü       Participate in a literacy and education-focused international project that is connected to health, hunger, and water concerns.

ü       Find an international partner and support their proposed project.  Project Link can help you find a partner - Go to

ü       Submit and receive a matching grant for a literacy project.



ü      Honor student(s) of the month at club (invite parents)

ü      Provide scholarships to youth (traditional/and or non-traditional)

ü      Adopt a classroom

ü      Develop a permanent reading program for children

ü      Initiate a joint literacy project w/ local Interact/Rotaract Club

ü      Donate books to local school libraries, classrooms, youth centers

ü      Mentor students at risk