Shepherdstown Rotary Club Awards Grants To Promote Reading

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club has awarded three “Rotary Reads” grants totaling $1,400 to three Shepherdstown institutions to promote reading.

The largest grant, for $500, went to the Shepherdstown Day Care Center. The Center will use the funds to expand its “Book in a Bag” program, which is aimed at promoting reading at home.

The Club also awarded $450 each to the Shepherdstown Public Library and the Shepherdstown Elementary School. The Library will use its grant to help support an April 14 “Read Aloud” event, which will pair local students from Kindergarten through Second Grade with community volunteers who will read to them. All the children who participate will receive a free book, a library tote bag and a bookmark. The Elementary School grant will help cover the cost of renewing the school’s annual license for a Special Education reading program called “Reading A to Z.”

The grants to the Day Care Center and Library were presented at the Club’s regular Tuesday breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn on March 27. The Elementary School grant was presented at the Club’s April 3 meeting.

An accompanying photo from the March 27 breakfast shows, from left to right: Melissa Holman, the director of the Day Care Center; Rotary Club President Walt Eifert; and Christy Hagerty, the Library’s Children’s Librarian. The Shepherdstown Rotary Club’s “Rotary Reads” grant program is one of several Club activities aimed at enhancing literacy among local children. It consists of cash grants, awarded annually, to worthy institutions for projects or programs that promote reading. Enhancing literacy has been a major priority of Rotarians since their organization’s founding in 1905.