Pathways to Rotary Literacy
Literacy is one of the cornerstones of Rotary. Reading bends minds in new directions. It revolutionizes world view. Words inspire creativity. Challenge. Change.
At the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Rotarians are building a book labyrinth to support Pathways Through Literacy. Every book contributed to the labyrinth will go to Australian children to support reading.
MTM and I purchased The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by Irish author John Boyne.
I remember what it was like to get lost in a book when I was a kid. Reading made me crave adventure. I could lose myself in a page and go anywhere. Be anyone. Do anything.
All because I could read.
Rotarians around the world support the development of vocabulary through the Dictionary Project. They visit classrooms and read to children via Rotary Reader. They provide programs that teach children and adults to read.
Think literacy isn’t a problem? According to the RI website, sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to basic education. More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. YOU know some of these people. They’re in your communities. Maybe in your workplaces or even in your classrooms.
Whether you’re involved in Rotary or just want to be a good citizen, support Rotary literacy programs in your area. Reading changes lives.
I know it changed mine.
Purchase my novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis today, and a portion of the proceeds will support Rotary Literacy projects worldwide.
To view photos from our visit to the Rotary International Convention, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr