This committee works to increase understanding of the importance of literacy by encouraging club programs that address literacy. The committee emphasis is for the benefit of children within the York City School District.
Why is literacy a concern of Rotary locally and worldwide?
Literacy empowers people and is essential for community development. Literate populations are more likely to develop economically, live healthier lives, and be more peaceful. Nearly 800 million people worldwide over the age of 15 can neither read nor write. It is estimated that over 40,000 York County residents (1 in 6) are illiterate.
What does the committee do?
Our goal is to partner with other Club Committees and established community organizations to plan and implement programs that not only raise the awareness of illiteracy and its impact on our community, but also deliver resources that will support literacy efforts among children in our York City School District.
What resources are available through Rotary to support literacy programs?
Rotary International has established a Literacy Resource Group, a network of Rotarian volunteers who support and encourage Rotary Club and district participation in literacy activities worldwide. Locally, our Committee uses financial and volunteer resources to promote reading programs for children. Most of our efforts are centered around conducting events and projects in the month of March, designated as Rotary Literacy Month and around International Literacy Day – September 8th. in addition to supporting special projects within the community.
Important things to know ·
Literacy is an important initiative of Rotary International. · Illiteracy is an important economic/social issue that impacts our community. · The York Rotary Club has the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of children in need in the York Community.