The Rotary Club of North Little Rock today is sponsoring a book distribution program to over 735 kindergarten students in the North Little Rock School District. The program and book, titled “I Like Me”, promotes literacy and self -esteem at an early age. For many of these students this will be the first book they have ever owned.
This will be the 16th year the Club has sponsored the program.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide these books for the 16th straight year” stated Roger Marlin, the club’s President. “It is an amazing opportunity and a special time for our Rotary Club Members to connect with all of the kindergartners in the North Little Rock School District” says Marlin.
The club arranges financing of the books through club funds and sponsorships by club members, local businesses and individuals. The publishing of this unique book is through Kindergartners Count, Inc., a non-profit organization in Topeka, Kan.
The innovative book is personalized for each child to contain the name of the student, his or her two best friends, the teacher, principal, and school name. These elements are interwoven into the story with a message about learning to do the right things, staying in school, learning to read, staying away from harmful substances, and developing self-esteem.
The project required the efforts of many to be successful. Data for the 735 students was entered in the computer by a team of 20 students in Stan Whisnant’s EAST Initiative class at North Little Rock High School West Campus and 10 Rotarians.
Over 150 volunteers will be involved in the delivery and reading of the books to North Little Rock students. Volunteers include Rotarians and family members, school district staff and Superintendent Kelly Rodgers, North Little Rock students who helped in the data input, North Little Rock police officers, 30 LPN students from Pulaski Technical College and individuals who volunteer at various schools in the district.
Each volunteer is designated a time and location to read and distribute the books to students. All volunteers will make two stops, the first stop at 8:30 am and the second at 9:30 am.
Please contact Russ Kelso for more information at 975-3644 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.