Reading is Fun Literacy Projec





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Vista

Total Budget: $6,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Rotarians will read books to all first grade classes in Vista Unified School District and give each student their own copy of the book to take home and share with their family.

Early reading proficiency is the single most important factor in the long term success of students, and is the preeminent goal of the Vista Unified School District (VUSD).The project targets are all elementary schools in VUSD (covering both Vista and parts of Oceanside). While average SES levels differ across schools in VUSD, every elementary school has a significant population of students who are English Language Learners and/or come from low SES families. First grade students will be the beneficiaries of this program as ultimate recipients of a book of their own after a classroom reading session conducted by members of the Rotary Club of Vista. This program has been offered for the last several years by the Tri-City Rotary Club (formerly named the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club), which merged with the Rotary Club of Vista effective July 1, 2020. Thus, the 2020-21 grant will be administered and conducted by the merged Rotary Club of Vista.

Developing interest and competence in reading must start at an early age and VUSD enrolls an unusually high proportion of English as a Second Language students as well as students from families living below the poverty level. This necessitates intensive reading intervention programs at early grade levels. This grant allows our club to support these intervention efforts through classroom reading and individual ownership of books. The grant, taking advantage of discounted availability of books, enables us to serve a minimum of 1,500 first grade students. Our program will involve local Rotarians reading and distributing books to all students in VUSD first grade classrooms. For many of these students, it is either the first book they have owned themselves or one of very few books in their home. Target dates for project reading and distribution of books are September 2020 through December 2020. All schools in VUSD are currently closed due to COVID-19, and reopening plans are still under development. Eventual school opening decisions could affect the timeline for the project and we are prepared to extend program implementation through the entire school year if necessary. Under the most extreme school opening scenario, we could also do our classroom reading sessions in a virtual format.

We have offered this program the past several years and because of the success of our previous efforts, the teachers and administrators of the district are totally committed to supporting us to ensure project success. Both VUSD administrators and the President of the Vista Teachers Association are members of our club and participate in project implementation. Attached are pictures from previous project years. The pictures tell the story better than any written narrative.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Vista

Primary Contact: Steve Lilly

Email: stevelilly0831@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Vista (5340)









Project Supporting Documents

Literacy P3481



Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Steve Lilly

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Steve Lilly

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Steve Lilly

System Entry: Project signed by Steve Lilly.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Sue McFarland.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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