Growing up, we were taught by our parents and our teachers that we were not to write or draw in books. Even one stray pencil mark could result in a fine at the end of the year when you turned your books back in to the teacher.
Seems like the members of the Rotary Club of Centerville are ignoring the whole “don’t write in the book” adage and it is a really good thing.
Instead of following the “don’t write in books” saying, the members of the Rotary Club are more concerned with the quote about literacy that says that you are what you read by making sure that the students at several local schools have new books with inspirational messages written inside the cover especially for them.
Each week at the regular meeting of the club, there is a guest speaker who gives a program on a variety of subjects. At the end of the meeting, the speaker is asked to write an inspirational message in a new children’s book.
The books are collected all year and last week were presented to the libraries at Thomson Middle School, Centerville Elementary School and Eagle Springs Elementary School. On hand to receive the books were Mike Jackson, from Thomson Middle, and Amy Hayes, from Centerville Elementary, the schools’ media specialists.
The Rotary Club of Centerville asks for a list of books from the school libraries during the summer so the schools are getting books that they need and want, then the club purchases the books and has them signed by the speakers.
Both Jackson and Hayes expressed their gratitude to the club membership for the donation of books and related their students’ enthusiasm about new choices to read in the school library.
“They love the books and are always so excited but It is one of the first things the kids say when they see the books,” Jackson said. “Somebody wrote in this book.”
The ongoing book donation program allows the members of the club to concentrate on two key elements of Rotary — service to the community and encouraging and promoting literacy.
Alline Kent can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 396-2467.