Bilingual Story Time Project





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Estes Park

Total Budget: $3,900

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Project will provide families and children access to bilingual books and activity kits in the Estes Park area

Primary Collaborators: Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Family Resource Center, Estes Park School District, Macdonald Book Shop, Rotary Club of Estes Park

This program will focus on the Hispanic Community but will be beneficial to the Estes Valley community in general.

EVICS staff have noticed that when Hispanics/Latinos migrate to the US without knowing how to speak the language nor write it, their children attend school and learn their new language (which is great, and EVICS is promoting that as well), yet it creates a gap in the family's communication and can lead to disconnect within the parent-child relationship. When the parent who does not speak English, speaks Spanish to their kids, the kids answer back in English. To support parent-child and overall family connection EVICS will come alongside the parents by creating bilingual story time kits. This promotes a family time of listening, reading, and doing a fun craft together as a family.

The entire community of Estes Park will benefit from this program through collaboration among several partners to promote and support access to the books and craft activities. The book titles are beneficial and appropriate for children infant through Second grade. The program specifically targets Kindergarten through Second Grade children with all Kindergarten students at the Estes Park Elementary School being read the book and given the accompanying activity kit to take home. Its goal is to support these families and create the habit to pause, read a book, do an activity together every month to support family bonding and communication.

Program Goal Outcomes:

o Family Connection

o Community Integration

o Increase literacy in our community

o Celebration of family culture

Program Format:

A book will be read in each Kindergarten class in Spanish and English. EVICS will prepare the bilingual story time kit with craft materials that go along with the book of the month and can be distributed at the school as well as being picked up at EVICS Family Resource Center to reach homeschool families or families with younger children.

One hundred (100) books and activity kits will be distributed each month, for five months, totaling 500 books and activity kits over the 5-month semester period.

Program Timeline: EVICS plans to start the 2024 program in January 2024, and it will run through May 2024.

The Rotary Club of Estes Park is seeking to provide financial support to the project by providing funds for the activity kits/backpacks. The funds will be used to purchase the books, craft supplies and various support materials. The total estimated cost for the Bilingual Story Time project (100 kits for 5 months) and support materials is $3,900.

Note: The Rotary Club of Estes Park supported the initial start of this program in 2021 with a District Grant (P-4146) and club member donations. In 2022 the Rotary Club of Estes Park supported the ongoing program with a Governor's Grant (P-4565) and club member donations.

The Rotary Club of Estes Park members will assist EVICS with publicity and assembly and distribution of activity kits as needed.

Project Contact Person

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Estes Park

Primary Contact: Jack Boatman

Email: jack.boatman7@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 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





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Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Jack Boatman

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jack Boatman

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Jack Boatman

System Entry: Project signed by Jack Boatman.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Karen Thompson.


by Randall Looper


Your PE still has not completed the district grant training. Please have them send the answers to myself or Robin. Once we receive them we will send you a MOU for your PE to sign and return to us. This is the link to the questions https://rotary5440.org/page/district-grant-qualifications

Once this is done i can approve both grants.



by Randall Looper

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Randall Looper

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


by Randall Looper


Please provide a quarterly history log update as to the status of this project.


by Jack Boatman

All the topic areas have been selected and a large portion of the books and supplies for the bilingual Storytime kits have been purchased and will be distributed each month Jan. May 2024. The books are carefully selected to promote bilingual literacy (for children and adults), creativity, and social-emotional development. In January 87 kits were delivered to kindergartners at EP Elementary. Kits are also available at EVICS and the school library. EP Rotary club members will assemble the monthly kits for February.


by Randall Looper



Please provide a quarterly history log update on this project.

Thanks, Randy


by Jack Boatman

The bilingual Storytime kits were distributed January - May. Estes Park Rotary Club members assembled the monthly kits for the months of February, March, April and May. May was the final month of distribution and EVICS is gathering information for the final report. We plan to submit the final report later this month.

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