Dayton Rotarians return for week of reading




A good book can take the mind anywhere, and the Rotary Club of Dayton is helping that journey take flight by providing books to DPS third-graders and reading with them.

More than 1,000 students across the district will receive a copy of Testing Miss Malarkey, written by Judy Finchler, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley and published by Walker and Company. The lighthearted, funny read, told from the perspective of a young pupil, details the process of preparing for and taking a standardized test.

“I am happy that Rotary Club of Dayton has been able to provide a book for students that address a stressful topic in a fun way. It is important for young people to see the humanity of their teachers as well as understand different points of view,” said Kelly Weiler, education chairperson for the Rotary Club of Dayton.  “In addition to their new books, I hope the students take away from this experience a better understanding of the concept of ‘service to others’ and the belief that a bunch of strangers from Rotary care about their well-being and want to help them become successful.”

Some 52 Rotarians will read to students in preK-8 schools across the district during the week of Feb. 23-27. The volunteers will spend half an hour in the third-grade classrooms, to emphasize the importance of reading and sharing a good book. (See attached schedule for dates and times.)

“Having an adult read to a young child is one of the critical ways to foster a love and appreciation of the printed word,” Dayton Public Schools Interim Superintendent Kurt Stanic said. “We’re thrilled that the Rotary Club of Dayton is so passionate about youth literacy, and are proud to have them as a partner in our mission of teaching and learning.”

This year the Rotary is asking students to interpret the selected book through art, written entries, and improvisations and will offer certificates of participation at a culminating event to be held at 6 p.m. on May 21 at Belle Haven PK-8 School.

Previously, the Rotary Club of Dayton has donated more than 3,000 books to third- and fourth-grade students and more than 1,000 dictionaries to fifth-graders.

For more information, contact Teresa McCorry, director of the Reading First program, at 542-3291.


Dayton Rotarians return for week of reading