Literacy has a profound impact on children's education and overall development. According to the International Literacy Association, literacy development directly affects a multitude of issues in a child's life from an early age, including cognitive development, the ability to communicate effectively, early and future performance in school, the nurturing of creativity and imagination, overall motivation, temperament, social skills, and ability to feel empathy.
Denton Rotary Club wants to Instill excitement and curiosity in incoming Denton ISD kindergarten students through book ownership by providing them with a new book as part of the Kindergarten Roundup or registration. There were 2,203 kindergarten students in DISD for the 2022-2023 school year.
The goal is to have the books be from the District 5790 peace book list but the final book selection is based upon approval from Denton ISD and is pending. If any of the peace books are not approved by Denton ISD we would replace the books with Denton ISD-approved books that encompass the spirit of peace. Another goal is to launch this project and fund books for all Denton ISD kindergarten students but is based upon funding available. If full funding is not secured, then the Denton Rotary Club will work first with Title 1 schools focusing on the more low-income and those schools with the most need first.
This partnership with the DISD will enable us to strengthen our partnership with the local school board and community, while supporting Rotary's area of focus in the community related t supporting education, promoting peace and growing local economies.
Rotarians will be involved in distributing the books to the local schools (2-3 Rotarians per school), as well as the potential of a launch party where 4-5 Rotarians can interact with local educators at a local small business bookstore.