Rotary 9630 Reading Assistance Program (RRAP)

Description of the RRAP Project  

The project is to provide children aged 3-5 years living in drought affected areas with one reading book per month for as long as funds are available as part of a District initiative funded by a District Grant and donations from Rotary members and/or clubs.   The areas looked at initially will be the Rotary communities of Charleville, Roma, St George and Mitchell. The exact delivery approach may vary and may include a combination of regular mail-outs (which would be a delight to the children and families), personal delivery by Rotarians, delivery via child-care centres or kindergartens etc. The project has the potential, subject to funding, to also include the following initiatives: Community bookcases – A bookcase is placed strategically (eg. In a hospital waiting room, at a community centre) with a selection of children’s books which can be borrowed by community members and returned. The bookcases are replenished periodically. Rotarians and others as reading mentors – This might involve Rotarians reading over the phone, once per week say, to a child; Letters and/or email communication between Rotarian and child discussing a particular book; home hosting/visits Children’s’ reading and activity centres as a feature of family fun days.

Outline of the Benefits of the RRAP Project

The effects of drought are long ranging. Drought can have an effect on a child’s education especially where funds are limited and resources such as reading books may become an “unnecessary” expense. The Rotarians in District 9630 understand that a love of reading underpins all educational outcomes and feel an obligation to assist. This also fits very neatly with the themes for the 2016-17 Rotary year of “Rotary Serving Humanity” and that of 2017-18, “Rotary Making a Difference.”     

Detail the Club’s proposed financial contribution, resources and / or labour

It costs around $10 per child per month to provide a reading book and post it home.     The project can be sustained in several ways. One, of course, is that the books can be handeddown within families or across families in the community. Clubs and individuals may also continue funding the project in specific locations or across the Western areas in future years. The program will be managed by Allison Hodges (DG 2017-18 spouse) and assisted by Sue St Clair (DG 2016-17 spouse). If additional funds are available (for example through partnerships and/or club or individual donations), then the program can be extended to include the additional initiatives mentioned above and/or additional children.

How to contribute

If your club or an individual wishes to contribute to the RRAP Project please complete the attached Contribution Form.  Note: Any funds contributed will be credited to the Rotary District 9630 Drought Appeal – RRAP Project.