RCM has been involved in the Reading is Fundamental book distribution program for over 30 years, distributing books to kids kindergarten through 8th grade. In the past Rotary’s annual $10,000 contribution was matched 3:1 by the federal government, but as of this academic year, federal funding is no longer available.
Rotary is pleased to announce a partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers to continue the program, now known as the Rotary Brewers Reading Partnership. The Brewers pledged a two year commitment at $10,000 per year - matching Rotary’s commitment - to help provide free books to students in fourteen Milwaukee schools historically supported by Rotary.
“The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation are thrilled to partner with Rotary for Reading Is Fundamental,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation, “We know how critically important literacy is for our children. This perfectly aligns with our mission to impact the lives of children and their families throughout Greater Milwaukee.”
Each student will receive two free books this year through the Rotary Brewers Reading partnership. Often these books are the only books students actually own. “Building excitement about reading is critical to building strong readers,” says Denise Callaway, Executive Director, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.
This partnership would not be possible without the hard work of several dedicated Rotarians, especially Rotary Brewers Reading Partnership chair John Connelly. Thank you also to the Rotarians who volunteer as school coordinators and book distributers. This is one of Rotary’s most popular volunteer opportunities, and it’s not difficult to see why! As John says, “For as little as two hours in a school year, you can be an important part of Rotary and a role model to many students who will truly be thankful.”
To learn more about the Rotary Brewers Reading Partnership or to volunteer at a book distribution this year, please contact the Rotary office.