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Rotary fights illiteracy

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Six of ten of low income households in Georgia don't have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child.

 The Dougherty Rotary Club has been trying to change that by reading to elementary students and sending books to young children in the mail.

The Dougherty County Rotary has been reading to students at Northside Elementary since September. They also partner with other local businesses to send out 400 books a month to children across Dougherty County, tying to combat the areas illiteracy rate.

Now they're in a competition with other Rotary Club Presidents, calling to determine the state's Favorite Rotary Reader and call more attention to illiteracy. 

"It really highlights the importance of literacy the need for us to be reading to children in the early years and that again is something that the whole community can be involved in," said Dougherty County Rotary President Mary Ligon.

They want the community to get reading and to log onto the website and vote for the Dougherty County Rotary's reader.

Statistics show parents are four times more likely to read aloud to their children when given free books and encouragement.

Click HERE for more information, and to vote in the process, thru April 14th...

 

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