Stone and District Rotary Club are part of a Rotary Books4Home scheme which collates donations of books for children and distributes them so that they can select and take home a book to read and keep for ever. It is hoped in this way, that it will help children develop a life-long love of reading and raise standards of literacy.
It’s a sad fact that according to the National Literacy Trust 1 in 5 children aged 5 to 8 do not have a book of their own at home. Those that do, however, are more likely to be reading above the level expected for their age group.
It was recognised by Rotary Alumni District 1210 that there was important work to do here and members of Stone and District Rotary Club were eager to be part of a scheme that has already given over 120,000 books to children across Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands. The Club collected and collated books for the children of St Michael’s C of E First School in Stone and Rotarian Rob refurbished a dedicated trolley for them. Rotarians Sandie McQueen and Mike Ellis were joined by Jane Cooper, Rotary District 1210 Governor elect, to deliver the trolley and 240 books to the school. After being greeted by the school’s Head of English, the books were quickly organised on the trolley and, in no time, the children were selecting books to keep for ever.