• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/10/2013
  • Club Name: Marion-Morning
  • Project Name: "Read for Life"
  • Project Total Expenditures: $6,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The thirty-four member Marion Morning Rotary Club is very excited to bring some unique opportunities to the area fourth graders. We are proposing a single application for $3,000 in Dirstrict Matching Grant funding to provide a great day of learning and activities for fourth graders attending local elementary schools. We plan to organize an autumn field trip in September or October 2013 for two-hundred students to travel by bus to the Books-A-Million bookstore which is located 40 miles away. The plan will provide students with funds and the opportunity to purchase their own books from the store with the assistance of our members.
    Teachers will work with students in advance of the trip to enhance their money management skills, working with percentages, book selection research and time management. The trip also includes social opportunities for the students to interact with Rotarians.
    Beyond this special event for fourth graders we plan to utilize grant funds to purchase Andy & elmer's Coloring and Activity booklets and Four Way Test bookmarks for the younger students. Club members have introduced these booklets and learning tools to the teachers and they are very excited about the opportunity it brings to the children. Our hope is to schedule five ten club members to visit second grade classrooms in the fall to distribute the material to all second graders. Club members will read and interact with the children an average of our hour each to vist and share their personal story of how much they enjoy books.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 8/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 12/31/2013
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: There is an identified need for the children of our community to have greater opportunities to access books and enhanced opportunities to read and interact with others. Challenging economic factors have limited opportunities like a field trip for our children. Research indicates a majority of these students have never been to a bookstore like Books-A-Million and would rarely have funds to purchase a book of their own. Our region has a high proportion of illiterate adults. Twenty-four percent of adults (age 25+) do not have a high school diploma, the current county unemployment rate is 8.1% and median household income is $34,533. Almost 14% of all families in Smyth County are below poverty level. Of families under 18 years of age, 27% are below the poverty level. Smyth County has lost population over the decade. Many of our children do not have opportunities to take their own funds to purchase books fro a large out-of-town bookstore and that is what makes this such a meaningful endeavor.
    The Marion Morning Rotary Club selected the fourth grade because that age student is "reading to learn--not just learning to read". Our project blends with SCALE Literacy Education Program focus and the United Way goal to increase accessibility of books to children and encourage literacy at home.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): The club has established an eight member grant steering committee involving school teachers, a principal, a school reading specialist and club members. We have held three meeting and each committee member has dedicated an average of 10 hours each to discussing, organizing, writing, researching and compiling the grant application.
    It is estimated we will have eight to ten additional Rotary Club members who will be on-site at the bookstore at least seven hours each from 9:00 am to 4: pm to provide hands on assistance to the children with locating and selecting their books while staying within the limits set for time and funds. Members will also be available to attach a bookplate of the child's name into each purchased book. We also plan to provide students with interesting bookmarks and other reading enhancement tools.
    Six to eight members of the Marion High School Interact Club, along with several classroom teachers, will escort the fourth graders on the bus for the trip. Additional assistance will be provided by six to eight members of the Blue Ridge Job Corp Rotaract Club. All volunteers will have pre-arranged assignments to assist with the bookstore tours, selection of books, check-out procedures and general management of the groups within the store throughout the day.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Our goal is to enhance the experience for the students by having local radio, regional and local newspapers and regional television station cover the event. As a club we will also take photographs and document the fund day for inclusion into the Rotary newsletter and school productions. Several community groups will be involved and Rotary club participation will be acknowledged in radio spots. Club members will wear their Rotary shirts and name tags during the event.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: The project involves several cooperating organizations in our community. Enthusiastic letters of support for this project have been received from the Principal of Atkins Elementary School, the Program Coordinator for the Smyth County Adult Literacy Program (SCALE), the Assistant Principal of Marion Intermediate School and Sugar Grove Combined School. A major participant is Books-A-Million bookstore management and stafff who will be directly involved in the implementation of the project.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: SCALE letter.pdf, Sugar Grove Elementary School Letter of Support.pdf, Marion Intermediate School Letter of Support.pdf, Marion Intermediate School Letter of Support #2.pdf, Atkins Elementary School Letter of Support.pdf, Books a Million letter of Support.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadBudget use of funds will be for bus drivers and bus mileage and fuel to cover transportation costs on the day of the trips. Expenses to cover Rotary stickers, bookmarks and other reading tools for the children. Eighty three percent of the project cost will go into purchasing books for the children. (See Budget Upload)
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadMarion Morning Rotary Club $3,000.00
    Requested Community Project Grant Amount $3,000/00
  • Budget Upload:2013-14 grant budget.pdf
  • Primary Contact Name: Bill Buchanan
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Community Service Committee
  • Primary Contact Email: billyb@bomva.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 276-783-3116 or 276-706-1692
  • Financial Contact Name: Robert M Shults
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Club Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P O Box 189
    Marion, VA 24354
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  • Financial Contact Email: shultskiser@netva.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 276-783-1040
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterRotary 7970 Authorization Letter.pdf
  • Project Supporting Uploads:Student teacher thank you note.pdf, 2013-14 andy and elmer.pdf, News article #1.pdf, News article #2.pdf
  • Grant Number: 1314-24
  • Grant Award: $3,000.00