Glennville Rotary Club presented a check for $5000 to the Ferst Readers Program of Tattnall County, with Glennville Rotarian and Family Connection Director Becky Anderson accepting the check.
The presentation was made at the Glennville Rotary Club meeting of September 14, 2022. Other Family Connection representatives attending included Tarsha Brown and Synita Mathis.
Basic Education and Literacy is one of the seven areas of focus for Rotary throughout the world. These funds come through a District Designated Grant to which the Glennville club contributed. September is also named as "Basic Education and Literacy Month" by Rotary International and observed by all Clubs in the Rotary world.
The grant title of "Reading Matters" is for Ferst Readers of Tattnall County, which is administered by Tattnall County Family Connection. The majority of these funds of $5000 comes from the Glennville club's contribution to the Rotary Foundation, with the remainder paid by the club.
Donald Fountain is the Glennville Rotarian and Youth Services Director for the 60-club Rotary District 6920.
"After three years, 50 percent of our club's giving for that year is returned to the District and then 50 percent to the Club. Last year, we gave $3800 and sponsored 100 children for Ferst Readers of Tattnall County. For this year, Glennville Rotary Club's donation of $5000 will allow the club to sponsor 125 children from birth up to five years of age. They will receive an age-appropriate book each month mailed to their home along with a newsletter for the parents," Fountain said.
If you have a child between the ages of birth and five years of age and would like for the child to receive a free book a month and you have a Tattnall County mailing address, please call Pam Waters at (912) 237-0248 or Becky Anderson at (912) 557-6026, and a form can be completed for you to start these books for your child.
"These books are of the highest quality preschool literature. The books include fiction and non-fiction, so that the children are not only exposed to classic nursery rhyme favorites but also books relating to the world of insects, animals and their habitats, different occupations, and bilingual and multicultural books in each age level," Fountain said.