• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Abingdon
  • Project Name: Building Literacy During the Summer
  • Project Total Expenditures: $6,800.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $2,500.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: • Location

    Washington County Virginia.

    • Objectives

    Provide books and a writing journal to all 3,544 students (as of April 12, 2013) in Pre K – Grade 5 at seven elementary schools to support a summer reading program after the 2013-14 school year in a effort of maintaining their reading literacy.

    These students take a STAR Reading Test before they go home for the summer and then when they return in the fall. Because many of these students are not afforded the luxuries of owning books or have access to books, their reading proficiency declines during the summer break from school according to these test results.

    With this project, all elementary students are presented three – four books to call their own. In addition to promoting book ownership, this project will help achieve our main objective to bridge a summer gap in reading literacy by providing books for students to read during the summer months. These books afford students the opportunity to maintain or exceed their reading level. A writing journal will be provided to help enhance their writing skills activities.

  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 1/1/2014
  • Expected End Date: 5/1/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: As of April 12, 2013 many elementary students in Washington County Virginia qualified for free or reduced school meals. Of the 3,544 elementary students enrolled in one of the seven schools in WCPS, school percentages range from 38.19% to 63.16 % with an average for the elementary division of 52.60%.

    These percentages show a need for help and by improving literacy skills the economic status should improve. Providing free books to students who do not have the financial ability to purchase them will keep them on the same reading level with other students in their grade. This will also keep the less fortunate students on the same learning pace as other students who have the financial means to do programs that enhance their learning ability. As literacy improves so will job skills making people more employable thus producing more financial independence for our community. By increasing the literacy skills of our students we are also seeing an increase in graduation rates. During the years WCPS has supported this summer book program graduation rates have increase from 80.9% to 89.1%.

    The Abingdon RC wants to be involved in this project because we believe we can make a difference in literacy for our community. By supporting this grant request we are opening a whole new world of possibilities for these young children that many thought was not even available to them. These students will remember the books they received from a Rotarian for many years to come.

  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): 25 members from the Abingdon RC are estimated to volunteer at least 100 hours and 10 members of the Washington County RC volunteering 40 hours to un-box, sort, package, insert bookmarkers and distribute over 3500 packages with books to the seven elementary schools near the end of the 2013-14 school year. WCPS will provide the work location for this project.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: • Newspaper

    Will contact Editor of Bristol Herald Courier and Washington County News to publish an article about this grant project in the two local newspapers.

    • Web-Based

    Article will be posted detailing the grant project on the WCPS main web page and also in the Elementary Schools Resource Section.

    Post pictures and information showing packaging and distribution of the books to the schools on our club’s Facebook page.

    Submit article and pictures for posting on the District 7570 web page and request inclusion in the Rotary Informer.

    • Display of Rotary Wheel

    The Rotary Wheel, “Service above Self”, and the two participating RC’s of Abingdon and Washington County will be printed on the bookmarkers and distributed with books.

  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: • Washington County VA Public Schools. The Supervisor of Elementary Education, Dr. Janet Lester in collaboration with the elementary school principals will select the reading material that is age and grade appropriate. WCPS will negotiate the price and issue a purchase order to the selected vendor. Abingdon RC will issue payment directly to the vendor.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Abingdon Letter of Participation.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload:Abingdon Grant Budget 2013-14.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Danny Johnson
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President- Elect
  • Primary Contact Email: djohnson@hjdc.org
  • Primary Contact Phone: 276-466-7807
  • Financial Contact Name: Doris Shuman
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Foundation Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 2478
    Abingdon, VA 24212
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  • Financial Contact Email: Doris@cpashu.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 276-628-5662
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterAbingdon Autorization Letter.pdf
  • Grant Number: 1314-01
  • Grant Award: $2,500.00