District Literacy Awards 2016-2017

Requirements to Earn

  1. The DISTRICT LITERACY AWARD – Complete 5 literacy projects
  2. The EXEMPLARY (ZONE) LITERACY AWARD – Complete 10 literacy projects

District 6930’s Special Emphases for Literacy

  1. Dictionary Project – Present individual dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in at least one public or private school. (Order dictionaries at dictionaryproject.org ). a continuing project.
  1. 4-Way Test Project – Place a 4-Way Test sticker in all books or dictionary gifts; conduct a 4-Way Test speech or essay contest; place a 4-Way Test banner or poster in one or more schools, or expose children or adults to the 4-Way Test in some other manner.
  1. Josh the Baby Otter Water Safety Project – Present a copy of the Josh the Baby Otter book to one or more kindergarten classrooms, and/or pre-school classroom. Order books through Laura Thomas with the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation at Laura@joshuamemorial.org . The books ordered for Rotary distribution are bought at a price of $3.25 per book). This is also a continuing District project. Place Rotary stickers inside each book.
  1.  Ak Tenamit Guatemala Project – Make a financial contribution to the AK Tenamit Project-  

       Sponsor one or more children for a year at $360.00 or see options at their website:

       www.aktenamit.org . This is a continuing District project.        

  1. Anti-bullying Initiatives-This initiative is new this year and supported by the District Governor. Attached are 3 examples under a program and 4 examples based on reading Call Me Yubbie- see the attached examples on the last sheet of this packet.

Examples of Projects by Rotary’s 5 Avenues of Service

Club Service

  1. Recruit a new club member with a literacy classification.
  2. Promote International Literacy Day (September 8th).
  3. Promote International Literacy Month ( March)
  4. Invite a literacy speaker to a club meeting.
  5. Devote a club meeting to making members aware of literacy project opportunities for the club.
  6. Conduct a Rotary theme of the month project which creates awareness of the literacy aspects of the month’s theme (e.g. during December, Rotary’s Family of Rotary Month, do a project which relates to family literacy).
  7. Fill the position of Club Literacy Chair each year- who will keep the Club Board of Directors informed of District Literacy initiatives.
  8. Send one or more club members to a literacy workshop or conference, at which the member will have an opportunity to learn about possible future club literacy projects.
  9. ETC – (Use your imagination).

Community Service

  1. Donate books to a local school, including anti-bullying books for the students.
  2. Donate books to a local library, including anti-bullying books for children and parents.
  3. Recognize an outstanding teacher or teachers.
  4. Recognize an outstanding educational administrator.
  5. Donate equipment or supplies to a local school or library.
  6. Enter into a partnership with a local school or library (Should result in the Rotary club contributing to the educational partner in various ways).
  7. Make a financial contribution to a local school or library project.
  8. Adopt a school classroom.
  9. Initiate a Club Reading Program at a local elementary school; volunteer members read to students.
  10. – (Use your imagination).

International Service

  1. Make a financial contribution and/or a contribution of services or items to an international project that promotes literacy (gifts of books is a very common example).
  2. Conduct a local contest (speech, essay, poetry, etc), which engages youth in the process of thinking and learning about peace.
  3. Sponsor in-bound or out-bound international youth exchange student.
  4. Sponsor a community event which raises awareness of international issues and promotes good will and understanding.
  5. Sponsor a presentation by a Rotary Peace Scholar.
  6. Provide financial support for the Rotary Peace program.
  7. ETC – (Use your imagination).

Vocational Service

  1. Place 4-Way Test stickers in dictionaries or other school books given to children.
  2. Sponsor a 4-Way Test speech or essay contest in one or more local schools.
  3. Support a character literacy project provided by an outside agency, such as Character Counts, Laws of Life, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
  4. Recognize a community leader who is a vocational service role-model and publicize the recognition in the local media.
  5. Sponsor (perhaps in partnership with an Interact or Rotaract Club) a high school or college workshop which teaches vocational literacy, as exemplified by Rotary’s 4-Way Test, Object of Rotary and the two mottos (“Service Above Self”, “One Profits Most Who Serves the Best”).
  6. Sponsor a career awareness project for youth – E.g. a career day at a school, a job-shadowing project which takes youth into places of work.
  7. Sponsor a business and/or organizational ethics project for adults already in the workplace.
  8. ETC – (Use your imagination).

Youth Service

  1. Award one or more scholarships to a student.
  2. Conduct a STUDENT OF THE MONTH program.
  3. Recognize one or more outstanding students.
  4. Sponsor an Early Act Club, an Interact Club, or a Rotaract Club.
  5. Sponsor an educational field trip for a group of children or youth (e.g. a trip to a local museum).
  6. Sponsor one or more youth to attend an educational event, such as RYLA or Boys and Girls State (Youth go to the state capitol where they learn about state government).
  7. Initiate an anti-bullying club project annually—see examples on last page of packet and Eric Gordon’s suggestions below.
  8. ETC – (Use your imagination).


The important message for Rotarians is that bullying has become a serious State and National problem in schools with young adults often committing suicide as a result of being a victim of bullying.  Rotarians can help to focus on avenues that deal with this problem by following some of the anti-bullying initiatives or by contacting the District Anti- bullying Prevention Chair, Joe Wojeik.




Rotarians can introduce the program to the school on one visit and work through the first chapter in a class period, then leave the program with the school to complete over the academic school year.


Rotarians can bring the program to the school and participate in it for six chapters during the academic year by working at the school with the students.


Rotarians can bring the program to the schools, give an overview, and leave the responsibility of program implementation with the school.



Rotarians can bring the book to the school, give an overview, and leave the school with the responsibility of implementation.


Rotarians can bring the book to the school and read the first chapter, leaving the school to follow through.


Rotarians can take an active part by bringing the book to a school, setting up a reading schedule with the students, so that Rotarians can read with the students periodically


Rotarians bring the book to a school and launch the reading at the school, ask the teachers to have students write essays on “What character they identified within the book”, after they have completed reading the book. Rotarians return to the school later in the year, read the essays, and begin a dialogue with the students based on what they wrote.

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