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Basic Education and Literacy

Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. Literacy is a significant and specific goal for Rotary. It is so important that it is one of the 6 areas of focus for The Rotary Foundations Future Vision – basic education and literacy. Such importance has been placed on literacy that Rotary International has created a “Rotary Literacy Month” that takes place during the month of March.

The clubs in district 6040 are active in, and should be proud of, their work in the area of literacy both locally and internationally. Examples of district projects include:

  • The Dictionary Project – presenting dictionaries to students in public or private school (order dictionaries at;

  • Reading at local schools and events;

  • Participating in literacy fundraisers;

  • Donating books to public libraries and schools;

  • Participating in the Honduras Literacy project –  conducted with Friends United, an organization based in Independence, Missouri, which provides literacy, teacher training programs, libraries, and educational supplies and develops teacher Resource Centers for rural schools and students in Honduras.

What your club needs to do to make a difference in raising literacy standards and adopt significant programs that will make an impact:

  • Appoint a Literacy Chairperson and/or a Literacy Committee be established in each club, in order to identify and contact libraries, schools, and other organizations with whom your club wishes to work and support.
  • Contact District Literacy Chair, Janet Gooch,, to help you get started on a literacy project that will be particularly meaningful to your members.
  • Have a club program on Literacy – using the PowerPoint presentation on this page. The presentation includes additional information about literacy and possible literacy related projects.

A Special and Excellent Opportunity in D6040

If your club is looking for a worthwhile yet simple literacy project, consider donating the Notable Missourians Series to your local schools and libraries. What a wonderful way to promote reading and local Missouri history!

Now more than ever, the help of Rotary Clubs is needed to support the efforts of parents, schools, and libraries to get youngsters proficient at an early age, so that they can not only read, but read to learn.

Your club can contribute to this effort by helping public schools and libraries acquire books that will help children develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Please click on the links below to learn about the Notable Missourians book series, a series of books that promote reading and learning about individuals who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture. The books in the series meet the Missouri Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards) to build knowledge through reading and comprehension of more complex texts.

Announcing the Rotary District 6040 Teacher of the Year Award for Literacy – to be awarded for the first time in 2016

Rotary clubs help bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.  These groups work to make lasting improvements in the communities and around the world.  Rotary’s goal for literacy is to support activities and training in order to improve education for all children and literacy for children and adults.  The Rotary District 6040 Teacher of the Year Award for Literacy has been developed to recognize those teachers who work to uphold the values of Rotary in the area of literacy in education.

All Full-time or part-time teachers in grades K-12 who specialize in reading or literature and all teachers in public or private schools in the Rotary District 6040 are eligible. More information will be coming soon. Contact Janet Gooch for deadlines and qualifications –

Janet Gooch – Kirksville Rotary,

Available Resources: Literacy Education – Power Point Noteable Missourians Order Form – PDF